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Barber, Copland And Harris: Orchestral Works / Keith Clark


Release Date: 04/16/1995 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 64   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Samuel BarberAaron CoplandRoy Harris
Performer:  Louise Di TullioAllan VogelAnthony Plog
Conductor:  Keith Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The central work on this recording of orchestral music by American composers is Roy Harris' Sixth Symphony, called the "Gettysburg." Prior to composing the work, Harris read Carl Sandburg's biography of Lincoln, and this, in addition to enlarging upon his factual knowledge of the sixteenth president, helped the composer solidify his own feelings towards the man and the symbol. Though in the years since the Sixth Symphony appeared, there has been growing skepticism about politicians, increasingly leading to an at times almost cynical re-evaluation of even some of our most hallowed figures, one must acknowledge the sincerity and strength of the idealistic spirit motivating Harris during this period. One must also recognize that the Read more rich and varied symphony that emerged as a result reflects a complex tapestry of influences. The Sixth Symphony, written in 1943-44 on commission from the Blue Network (a predecessor of the American Broadcasting Corporation), is very much a summary of what Roy Harris was as a man and a composer.

REVIEW:

"This is one of the best anthologies of mid-century American music available....The triumph on this release, however, is Roy Harris' Symphony No. 6. Harris is one of the great undiscoveries of the century, with style as unique as Copland's. Harris' Sixth Symphony is as distinct as his more famous Third Symphony, at once beautiful, heart-rending and compelling. Very highly recommended." (Classical Pulse)
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Works on This Recording

1.
Capricorn Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Trumpet and Strings, Op. 21 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Louise Di Tullio (Flute), Allan Vogel (Oboe), Anthony Plog (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Keith Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Length: 18 Minutes 5 Secs. 
2.
Essay for Orchestra no 1, Op. 12 by Samuel Barber
Conductor:  Keith Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Prairie Journal by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Keith Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 47 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 6 "Gettysburg" by Roy Harris
Conductor:  Keith Clark
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Length: 28 Minutes 17 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Capricorn Concerto, Op. 21
First Essay for Orchestra, Op. 12
Music for Radio: Saga of the Prairie, "Prairie Journal"
Symphony No. 6, "Gettysburg": I. Awakening
Symphony No. 6, "Gettysburg": II. Conflict
Symphony No. 6, "Gettysburg": III. Dedication
Symphony No. 6, "Gettysburg": IV. Affirmation

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