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American Classics - Griffes: The Pleasure Dome / Falletta


Release Date: 04/20/2004 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559164   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Barbara QuintilianiCarol Wincenc
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The headline work The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan comes last on this disc, but "pleasure" is a term that certainly could be applied to the entire collection. Charles Griffes' orchestral music creates dreamy aural environments that range from the rhapsodic nature idylls of Delius (as in Clouds) to the impressionism of Debussy (The White Peacock and Poem for Flute and Orchestra, featuring fine solo work by Carol Wincenc). The impressionistic haze drapes heavily over Kubla Khan, evoking a quasi dream-state briefly interrupted by violent brass eruptions at the work's center. Throughout, Griffes' clear and seemingly glowing orchestration consistently beguiles, especially so in Three Poems of Fiona McLeod, which sounds remarkably similar to the Read more dreamy opening of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder. Soprano Barbara Quintiliani offers a lucid and beautifully sung rendering of the text, while the Buffalo Philharmonic makes rapturous sounds under JoAnn Falletta's sensitive and passionate conducting. Naxos' warm, spacious recording guarantees nearly an hour's worth of pure enjoyment.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Roman Sketches (4), Op. 7: no 1, White Peacock by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USA 
2.
Poems (3), Op. 11: The Lament of Ian the Proud by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Barbara Quintiliani (Soprano)
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
Language: English 
3.
Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan, Op. 8 by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; USA 
4.
Poem for Flute and Orchestra by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Carol Wincenc (Flute)
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
5.
Bacchanale by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Notes: Arranger: Charles Tomlinson Griffes. 
6.
Roman Sketches (4), Op. 7: no 4, Clouds by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; USA 
Notes: Arranger: Charles Tomlinson Griffes. 
7.
Tone Pictures (3) for Piano, Op. 5 by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; USA 
Notes: Arranger: Charles Tomlinson Griffes. 

Sound Samples

The White Peacock
3 Poems of Fiona McLeod, Op. 11: The Lament of Ian the Proud
3 Poems of Fiona McLeod, Op. 11: The Dark Eyes to Mine
3 Poems of Fiona McLeod, Op. 11: The Rose of the Night
Bacchanale
Clouds
3 Tone-Pictures: The Lake at Evening
3 Tone-Pictures: The Vale of Dreams
3 Tone-Pictures: The Night Winds
Poem: for Flute and Orchestra
The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, Op. 8: The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan

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