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Twenty Fanfares for the Common Man / Mester, London PO


Release Date: 08/1990 
Label:  Koch International Classics Catalog #: 7012   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandHoward HansonHenry CowellJohan Wagenaar,   ... 
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

During the war years of 1942-44, Eugene Goossens, then conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, commissioned nineteen fanfares from various composers, primarily American. It was suggested that each composer use certain instruments: four horns, three trumpets, three trombones, one tuba, timpani and percussion -- disregarded by some of the composers. Of the nineteen composers only twelve are to be heard on this fascinating CD; apparently the remainder have been lost. It is unfortunate of this is the case, as there would have been room for all or most of them on this CD, and to have more of them together would be a plus.

Although the album title is "Twenty Fanfares for the Common Man," this is misleading as
Read more only the first of the three by Copland has that actual title. All of the others are for various other military groups: Signal Corps, Latin Allies, Airmen, Freedom, Russia, medical Corps. etc. Perhaps in an attempt to fill out the CD and make it more attractive to collectors, also included are other fanfares by Copland, Hanson, Gould, Piston and Bernstein. These are interspersed with the others; it might have been more effective to have them as a group at the end of the CD.

A "fanfare" should be a brief, brassy ceremonial introduction and some of the composers have provided just that, with imagination and grandeur. I particularly enjoyed Virgil Thomson's, in which he interpolates Yankee Doodle, and the one by Goossens, based on two sailor songs, appropriate as it is for the Merchant Marines. No question though that the grandest of all is Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, here given an intensely noble, measured reading of great impact.

Aside from a few minor tentative brass entrances, performances are expert, the digital recording, made in 1980, superb in capturing the rich brass sonorities. Packaging leaves something to be desired; the accompanying booklet seems to be a reprint of the original LP jacket, there is no listing of works on the CD in the booklet, and individual CD tracks are not listed anywhere correctly (i.e. Copland's three are listed as track 1 when actually there are three tracks). Included are original program notes for the premieres by the Cincinnati Symphony. Brief playing time, but a worthy issue.

-- Robert E. Benson, www.classicalcdreview.com [5/2000] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
2.
Ceremonial Fanfare by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
3.
Inaugural Fanfare by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969/1975; USA 
4.
Chorale and Fanfare for Orchestra by Howard Hanson
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Fanfare for the Signal Corps by Howard Hanson
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
6.
Fanfare for the Latin American Allies by Henry Cowell
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
7.
Fanfare for the Airmen by Johan Wagenaar
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Fanfare for Freedom by Morton Gould
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
9.
Columbian Fanfares by Morton Gould
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967; USA 
10.
Fanfare for Russia by Joseph Deems Taylor
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
11.
Fanfare for JFK by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
12.
Anniversary Fanfare by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; USA 
13.
Shivaree by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
14.
Fanfare for the Medical Corps by Anis Fuleihan
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
15.
Fanfare for France by Virgil Thomson
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940/1944; USA 
16.
Ceremonial Fanfare by Walter Piston
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USA 
17.
Fanfare for the Fighting French by Walter Piston
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
18.
Fanfare for Paratroopers by Paul Creston
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
19.
Fanfare for the Merchant Marine by Sir Eugene Goossens
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
20.
Fanfare for the Forces by Roy Harris
Conductor:  Jorge Mester
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 

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