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Taylor: Through The Looking Glass; Griffes: Poeme, Pleasure Dome Of Kubla Khan / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony

Taylor / Seattle Sym / Schwarz / Goff
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559724   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joseph Deems TaylorCharles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Victoria BogdashevskayaDavid TaylorGlen DanielsonChristopher Sereque,   ... 
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony recorded a great deal of music, originally for Delos, now on Naxos. Much of the discography, while good, was ephemeral—yet another disc of standard repertoire—but some of it was really important: symphonies by Hanson, Piston, and Diamond, for example, and this disc. No one much cares today about music critic/composer Deems Taylor’s often charming but conservative music, but his suite Through the Looking Glass, based on Alice in Wonderland, really is worth hearing. If you know John Alden Carpenter’s Adventures in a Perambulator then you know what to expect: good tunes, colorful scoring, and a nice, light touch.

The Griffes pieces are famous, of course, as the works of one of America’s
Read more great “might have been” composers. The Poem for Flute and Orchestra is the best known, followed by the exotic Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan and The White Peacock. These evocative miniatures all point to a major talent, a life tragically cut short at the age of 36. Both here and in the Taylor work the performances are uniformly splendid: extremely well played, and just about perfectly conducted regarding tempo, texture, and balance. Scott Goff plays the flute solo in the Poem with finesse and lovely tone.

The original Delos recordings always were a bit low-level and dull on top, but this one at least has transferred well, once you find a comfortable volume setting. A great disc for collectors of turn-of-the-(20th)-century Americana.

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Works on This Recording

1. Through the Looking Glass by Joseph Deems Taylor
Performer:  Victoria Bogdashevskaya (Piano), David Taylor (Contrabassoon), Glen Danielson (English Horn),
Christopher Sereque (Clarinet), Raymond Davis (Cello), Seth Krimsky (Bassoon),
Ikka Talvi (Violin)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1990 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 31 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2. Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan, Op. 8 by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1990 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 10 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3. Roman Sketches (4), Op. 7: no 1, White Peacock by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Bernard Shapiro (Oboe)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1990 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4. Poem for Flute and Orchestra by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Scott Goff (Flute)
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 11 Minutes 29 Secs. 
5. Tone Pictures (3) for Piano, Op. 5 by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1912; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1990 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 8 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6. Bacchanale by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1990 
Venue:  Seattle Opera House, Seattle, Washington 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Through the Looking Glass, Op. 12: No. 1. Dedication
Through the Looking Glass, Op. 12: No. 2. The Garden of Live Flowers
Through the Looking Glass, Op. 12: No. 3. Jabberwocky
Through the Looking Glass, Op. 12: No. 4. Looking-Glass Insects
Through the Looking Glass, Op. 12: No. 5. The White Night
Poem
The White Peacock
The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, Op. 8 (version for orchestra)
3 Tone-Pictures, Op. 5 (version for orchestra): No. 1. The Lake at Evening
3 Tone-Pictures, Op. 5 (version for orchestra): No. 2. The Vale of Dreams
3 Tone-Pictures, Op. 5 (version for orchestra): No. 3. The Night Winds
Bacchanale

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