Americana: Siegmeister, Ives, Copland, Gould & Sousa

Release Date: 1/1/2002
Label: Vox
Catalog Number: CDX-5182
Performer: Dennis D. Rooney
Number of Discs: 2

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$12.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
This appealing collection brings together some well-known gems from the Vox catalogue in one enticing package. The Johanos/Dallas recordings of Ives' Holidays Symphony and Copland ballet suites (Billy the Kid and Rodeo) have long been admired for their idiomatic naturalness both of performance and sound. Elie Siegmeister's Western Suite fits right in, being a thoroughly Copland-esque bit of Americana, albeit more heavily orchestrated and less rhythmically lithe, and its issue on a single disc probably missed most collectors. Abravanel's performance catches the music's liveliness, while the playing as such remains a bit rough-and-ready. Lukas Foss leads a suitably grand recording of A Lincoln Portrait dating from 1970, ably narrated by Dennis Rooney, and Erich Kunzel provides the icing on the cake in the form of Morton Gould's American Salute (a.k.a. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home") and a selection of Sousa bonbons that goes beyond the usual marches to include a waltz, tango, polonaise, and foxtrot. A marvelous bargain by any measure.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Western Suite by Elie Siegmeister
Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Utah Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
2. Holidays by Charles Ives
Conductor: Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904-1913 ; USA
3. Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
Performer: Dennis D. Rooney (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Lukas Foss
Orchestra/Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
4. Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
5. Billy the Kid: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
6. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Donald Johanos
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
7. American Salute by Morton Gould
Conductor: Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; USA
8. Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Conductor: Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; USA
9. La Reine de la Mer by John Philip Sousa
Conductor: Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; United States
10. Gliding Girl by John Philip Sousa
Conductor: Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic
Written: 1912 ; United States
11. Thunderer by John Philip Sousa
Conductor: Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1889 ; United States
12. Washington Post by John Philip Sousa
Conductor: Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; United States
13. Peaches and Cream by John Philip Sousa
Conductor: Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic
Written: 1924 ; United States
14. Presidential Polonaise by John Philip Sousa
Conductor: Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic
Written: 1886 ; United States
15. Semper Fidelis by John Philip Sousa
Conductor: Erich Kunzel
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops
Period: Romantic
Written: circa 1888 ; United States
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