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Chadwick: Symphonic Sketches, Etc / Järvi, Et Al


Release Date: 11/26/2002 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10032   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George W. Chadwick
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This collection gathers Neeme Järvi's previously released George Chadwick recordings on one disc. Though Chadwick aimed to distinguish himself as a uniquely American composer, his symphonic poems nonetheless reflect the influence of similar works by then-prominent Europeans. Melpomene, for instance, owes much to Tchaikovsky in its dramatic sweep and emotionally intense melodies, while Dvorák's nature-painting style can be discerned in Rip Van Winkle, and even more so in the joyously frenzied Jubilee from the Symphonic Sketches, which replicates the Czech composer's Carnival overture. However, Chadwick moves away from continental influences in Tam O'Shanter, which is steeped in the folk coloring of its Scottish subject.
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Nevertheless, Chadwick's skillfully constructed and handsomely orchestrated music is all his own, and it exudes a vitality that's quite affecting. Järvi offers compelling interpretations and gets the Detroit Symphony players to muster more enthusiasm and panache than they display on some of their standard-repertoire recordings. Chandos presents it all in spacious, clear, and nicely reverberant sound. If you're new to Chadwick's music, be prepared for a treat.
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphonic Sketches by George W. Chadwick
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1904; USA 
2.
Melpomene by George W. Chadwick
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; USA 
3.
Rip Van Winkle by George W. Chadwick
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1879; USA 
4.
Tam O'Shanter by George W. Chadwick
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1915; Boston, Massachusett 

Sound Samples

Melpomene
Rip Van Winkle
Symphonic Sketches: I. Jubilee
Symphonic Sketches: II. Noel
Symphonic Sketches: III. Hobgoblin: Scherzo capriccioso
Symphonic Sketches: IV. A Vagrom Ballad
Tam O'Shanter

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