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American Pop: Works of Michael Daugherty

Daugherty / Nashville Sym Orch / Guerrero
Release Date: 04/30/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8503267  
Composer:  Michael Daugherty
Performer:  Erik GrattonTerrence WilsonAnn RichardsEvelyn Glennie
Conductor:  Marin AlsopGiancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraNashville Symphony OrchestraColorado Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Composer Michael Daugherty's approach and his writing make him, perhaps, the most unique and archetypical American composer since Copland.

There is so much music here, much of which I hope is familiar to many. For example, his ode to Superman, the Metropolis Symphony, has been played by many orchestras all over the country. Similarly, his amazingly eccentric UFO written for the great percussionist Evelyn Glennie and his beautiful and quirky “road trip”, Route 66, are much honored works in the Daugherty catalog.

Time Machine, a big vivid orchestral work wherein the ensemble is divided into three parts and requiring three conductors as the orchestra is physically divided on the stage, gets another great
Read more performance. Philadelphia Stories is, essentially, a three-movement tone “Concerto for the City of Brotherly Love” (in a way), paying homage to various aspects of the inner city (“Sundown On South Street“), the macabre nature of Edgar Allan Poe (“The Tell-Tale Heart“), and the legacy of the dynamic but sometimes controversial conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (“Bells For Stokowski“).

Michael Daugherty’s music speaks to us all for its topicality and its tonal language that is invigorating, engaging and relevant.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Route 66 by Michael Daugherty
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998 
2.
Sunset Strip by Michael Daugherty
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
3.
Metropolis Symphony by Michael Daugherty
Performer:  Erik Gratton (Flute), Terrence Wilson (Piano), Ann Richards (Flute),
Ann Richards (Piccolo)
Conductor:  Giancarlo Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988-1993; USA 
4.
Philadelphia Stories by Michael Daugherty
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2001; USA 
Length: 28 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
UFO by Michael Daugherty
Performer:  Evelyn Glennie (Percussion)
Conductor:  Marin Alsop
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; USA 
Length: 35 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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