Notes and Editorial Reviews
This release contains a great cross-section of American music: from ragtime pioneer Scott Jopin to Richard Rodgers, the legendary composer of musicals, together with works by Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland. The musicians of the SWR Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern play with zest and flamboyance, led by celebrated conductors Klaus Arp, Saul Schechtmann, Ernst Wedam, and Caspar Richter. The Rundfunkorchester Kaiserslautern was founded in 1951 by Emmerich Smola for the Southwest Radio. In 2007 the ensemble merged with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Saarbrucken, and the combined group is still performing and recording to this day. This album is part of a new re-release series (Century Classics) consisting of SWR music bestsellers. The series is competitively priced, optically highly attractive and contains acclaimed SWR recordings mostly of the SWR orchestras and their chief conductors.