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Howard Hanson Conducts Barber, Piston, Griffes, Et Al


Release Date: 03/10/1992 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 434307   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Samuel BarberWalter PistonCharles Tomlinson GriffesWilliam McCauley,   ... 
Performer:  Robert SprenkleSidney MearJoseph Mariano
Conductor:  Howard Hanson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"[This] disc is an especially strong one. Barber’s Capricorn Concerto was recorded in 1959. Its occasional spiky brittleness is offset by some neo-classical wind frippery, not least in the Allegretto second movement, and some crisp Stravinskyisms ensure that the finale doesn’t dawdle. Piston’s The Incredible Flutist has received its fair share of recordings over the years but this one with Joseph Mariano has particular zest. Hanson captures just the right kind of solemn entry in the Vendors movement and presents the orchestra’s chattering high winds and sepulchral low brass to fine effect in the Entrance of the Customers. The Siciliano is especially lovely in these hands and adds lustre to the performance as a whole, an entirely Read more sympathetic one. Griffes, one of the big What Ifs of American music, is represented by his Poem for Flute and Orchestra, Mariano once more. Impressionist, yes of course, but with sturdy bardic calls and dancery, a male and female opposition successfully resolved.

This disc also contains those small pieces by Kennan, McCauley and Bergsma. Kennan’s Three Pieces for Orchestra certainly waste no time in getting confident; this is bold and colourful occasional music but any more reflective moments saved for the central Nocturne. McCauley has his Five Miniatures for flute and strings - Mariano again – which is warm in its well-orchestrated fourth movement and flirts with a fugato in its finale, somewhat unnecessarily, as he obviously had the compositional heft to stick to his guns. Bergsma, who died in 1994, was a Hanson pupil and contributes a ballet suite, which has its colour and pantomimic moments very much on show, and with some heady percussion in the Sinister Dance.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Capricorn Concerto for Flute, Oboe, Trumpet and Strings, Op. 21 by Samuel Barber
Performer:  Robert Sprenkle (Oboe), Sidney Mear (Trumpet), Joseph Mariano (Flute)
Conductor:  Howard Hanson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1959 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
2.
Incredible Flutist by Walter Piston
Performer:  Joseph Mariano (Flute)
Conductor:  Howard Hanson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/1958 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
3.
Poem for Flute and Orchestra by Charles Tomlinson Griffes
Performer:  Joseph Mariano (Flute)
Conductor:  Howard Hanson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1963 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
4.
Miniatures (5) for Flute and Strings by William McCauley
Performer:  Joseph Mariano (Flute)
Conductor:  Howard Hanson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 10/1959 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
5.
Pieces (3) for Orchestra by Kent Kennan
Conductor:  Howard Hanson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 
6.
Gold & The Señor Commandante by William Bergsma
Conductor:  Howard Hanson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940-1941; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1957 
Venue:  Eastman Theatre, Rochester, New York 

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