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American Classics - American Ballets - Antheil, Schuman, Gould / Levine


Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 95228   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George AntheilWilliam SchumanMorton Gould
Conductor:  Joseph Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One usually thinks of something by Copland or Bernstein when the two words American Ballet are mentioned. But here we have no less than three examples of the genre by other significant composers from the immediate post-war years. All of these works were premièred by American Ballet Theatre and it is this orchestra that performs them here. Perhaps George Antheil (1900-1959) is best-known for another of his ballet scores, the Ballet Mecanique of 1924. The score for Capital of the World dates from 1953 and was based on an Ernest Hemingway short story with the same title. The exciting Violin Concerto is another example of how good a composer William Schuman (1910-1992) was: it can be found on a disc in the first issue of EMI's American Classics Read more series. Undertow was written in 1945 for the important English dancer/choreographer Antony Tudor, who had moved to New York in 1940 to join the American Ballet Theatre. Morton Gould (1913-1996) wrote the score for Fall River Legend for the American Ballet Theatre. The story concerns one Lizzie Borden who, in August 1892 at Fall River, Massachusetts, was accused of murdering both of her parents. Although she was subsequently acquitted the event is commemorated in this pithy little rhyme: Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. And when she saw what she had done She gave her father forty-one. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Capital of the World by George Antheil
Conductor:  Joseph Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
2.
Undertow by William Schuman
Conductor:  Joseph Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; USA 
3.
Fall River Legend by Morton Gould
Conductor:  Joseph Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ballet Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 

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