American Classics

Release Date: 8/26/2016
Catalog Number: 556702
Number of Discs: 6

Physical Format:

CD
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$26.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
In the 20th century, the great American composers – simmering in the mighty melting pot – evoked Hollywood glamour, folksy landscapes, irresistible swing, poignant nostalgia, showbiz pzazz, sweet sentiment, streetwise sophistication, and hypnotic minimalistic drive. This 6-CD box – featuring such citizens of the world as Simon Rattle, André Previn, The Labèque Sisters, Renaud Capuçon, Hélène Grimaud and Paavo Järvi – take us on an exhilarating journey across the musical horizons of the USA.

Note: The tracklist for this release is complete, except for the final seven tracks of Disc No. 6, listed immediately below:

Porgy and Bess (highlights): Summertime (Clara, Chorus) - By Harolyn Blackwell/Glyndebourne Chorus/Craig Ruttenberg/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Porgy and Bess (highlights): It ain't necessarily so...Shame on all you sinners (Sporting Life, Chor - By Damon Evans/Cynthia Clarey/Marietta Simpson/Glyndebourne Chorus/Craig Ruttenberg/London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Strike up the Band - Overture - By Aalborg Symphony/Wayne Marshall

Take the A Train - By Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Lena Horne/Clark Terry/Bobby Watson/Joshua Redman/Joe Lovano/Regina Carter/Geri Allen/Lewis Nash/Peter Washington

Sophisticated Lady - By Sir Simon Rattle

That Doo-wah Thing (Excerpt, Fugue) - By Lena Horne/Clark Terry/Bobby Watson/Joshua Redman/Joe Lovano/Regina Carter/Geri Allen/Lewis Nash/Peter Washington/Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Come Sunday - By Regina Carter/Clark Terry/Sir Simon Rattle/City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Works on This Recording
1. An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1928 ; USA
2. Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra by George Gershwin
Performer: Wayne Marshall (Piano)
Conductor: Wayne Marshall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; USA
3. Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; USA
4. Concerto for Piano in F major by George Gershwin
Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
Conductor: David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; USA
5. Prelude, Fugue and Riffs by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Wayne Marshall (Piano), Sabine Meyer (Clarinet)
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949/1955 ; United States
6. Facsimile by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Wayne Marshall (Piano)
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1946 ; USA
7. West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1960 ; USA
8. Divertimento for Orchestra by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Paavo Järvi
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1980 ; USA
9. Wonderful Town: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; USA
10. Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor: André Previn
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; USA
11. Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24 by Samuel Barber
Orchestra/Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947-1950 ; USA
12. Adagio for Strings, Op. 11 by Samuel Barber
Orchestra/Ensemble: City of London Sinfonia
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; Rome, Italy
13. Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer: Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
14. Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Carl Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
15. Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Richard Hickox
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1944 ; USA
16. The Chairman Dances by John Adams
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1985 ; USA
17. Fanfares (2) for Orchestra: Tromba Lontana by John Adams
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1986 ; USA
18. Fanfares (2) for Orchestra: Short Ride in a Fast Machine by John Adams
Conductor: Simon Rattle
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1986 ; United States
19. Shaker Loops by John Adams
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1978 ; USA
20. Facades by Philip Glass
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1981 ; USA
21. Company by Philip Glass
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Chamber Orchestra
Written: 1983 ; USA
22. Eight Lines by Steve Reich
Performer: Simon Haram (Saxophone), John Harle (Saxophone)
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1979/1983 ; USA
23. Damsel in Distress: Suite by George Gershwin
Conductor: John McGlinn
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; USA
24. Girl Crazy: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor: John McGlinn
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930 ; USA
25. Of Thee I Sing: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor: John McGlinn
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931 ; USA
26. Tip-toes: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor: John McGlinn
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; New York, USA
27. Oh, Kay!: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor: John McGlinn
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; USA
28. Anything Goes: Overture by Cole Porter
Conductor: John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; USA
29. Can-can: Overture by Cole Porter
Conductor: John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1953 ; USA
30. Kiss Me, Kate: Overture by Cole Porter
Conductor: John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; USA
31. Gay Divorcée: Night and Day by Cole Porter
Conductor: John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932 ; USA
32. Leave it to Jane: Overture by Jerome Kern
Conductor: John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917 ; USA
33. Sitting Pretty: Overture by Jerome Kern
Conductor: John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; USA
34. Swing Time: Overture by Jerome Kern
Conductor: John McGlinn
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; USA
35. Swing Time: Pick Yourself Up by Jerome Kern
Conductor: John McGlinn
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; USA
36. Swing Time: The Way You Look Tonight by Jerome Kern
Conductor: John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; USA
37. Swing Time: Waltz in Swing Time by Jerome Kern
Conductor: John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; USA
38. Swing Time: Never Gonna Dance by Jerome Kern
Conductor: John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; USA
39. Swing Time: Bojangles of Harlem by Jerome Kern
Conductor: John McGlinn
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; USA
40. Show Boat: Overture by Jerome Kern
Conductor: John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1927 ; USA
41. The Entertainer by Scott Joplin
Performer: Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1902 ; USA
42. Rialto Ripples by George Gershwin
Performer: Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917 ; USA
43. Magnetic Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer: Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914 ; USA
44. Carolina shout by James P. Johnson
Performer: Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925 ; USA
45. Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Performer: Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1899 ; USA
46. Elite Syncopations by Scott Joplin
Performer: Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1902 ; USA
47. The Strenuous Life by Scott Joplin
Performer: Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903 ; USA
48. Bethena by Scott Joplin
Performer: Katia Labèque (Piano), Marielle Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905 ; USA
49. Girl Crazy: Embraceable you by George Gershwin
Performer: Marielle Labèque (Piano), Katia [Piano] Labèque (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930 ; USA
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