Leonard Slatkin: The American Collection

Release Date: 5/25/2018
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 19075816372
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Number of Discs: 13

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Sony Classical is pleased to announce another ten releases in its increasingly comprehensive series of Classical Masters. These new budget-priced releases contain classic recordings, many of them newly remastered, by some of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. During his long music directorships of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra – America’s second-oldest, founded in 1880 – and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C., conductor Leonard Slatkin brought these ensembles regularly into the recording studio to perform a wide swath of American repertoire – major works by composers including Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Walter Piston, Leonard Bernstein, William Schuman and John Corigliano, as well as more popular fare by John Philip Sousa, Virgil Thomson, Victor Herbert, Ferde Grofé, Leroy Anderson and Morton Gould, plus the national anthem and Battle Hymn of the Republic. Those recordings, acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic, have now been collected in a one extensive release.

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Review excerpts of some of the previously released recordings in thi set:

Copland: Dance Symphony, Short Symphony, Piano Variations

This is Copland outreaching himself, theoretical ingenuity allied to vision, and like this sharp, smart, punchy performance, the overriding impression is of evolution — onwards and upwards. (Piano Variations)

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Corigliano: Concerto For Piano, Etc

Slatkin draws outstanding playing from the St Louis orchestra, and pianist Barry Douglas proves a powerful advocate for the concerto, using a daringly wide dynamic range and tonal palate.

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Piston: Symphony No 6, The Incredible Flutist, Etc

There's marvellously keen articulation from his strings, and to say that his percussion are quick-witted is almost to spoil the fun of the last few bars. Solo cello and oboe lead the quest of the slow movement—sad yet determined music through which Slatkin communicates a fierce intensity; the finale is essentially a lap of honour for the entire orchestra—well earned on this occasion.

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Works on This Recording
1. Songfest by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Walter Planté (Tenor), John Cheek (Bass), Vernon Hartman (Baritone), Wendy White (Mezzo Soprano), Patricia Spence (Mezzo Soprano), Linda Hohenfeld (Soprano)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1977 ; USA
2. Anniversaries (7) for Piano: no 5, In memoriam Nathalie Koussevitsky by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Leonard Slatkin (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942-1943 ; USA
3. Belle of the Ball by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951 ; USA
4. Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; USA
5. Blue Tango by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951 ; USA
6. Bugler's Holiday by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954 ; USA
7. Clarinet Candy by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
8. Fiddle Faddle by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; USA
9. Jazz Legato by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
10. Sandpaper Ballet by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954 ; USA
11. The Waltzing Cat by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; USA
12. Saraband by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; USA
13. Balladette by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
14. Home Stretch by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
15. The First Day of Spring by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954 ; USA
16. Plink, Plank, Plunk! by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951 ; USA
17. Forgotten Dreams by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954 ; USA
18. Penny-Whistle Song by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951 ; USA
19. Trumpeter's Lullaby by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USA
20. Jazz Pizzicato by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
21. Syncopated Clock by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
22. The Typewriter by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; USA
23. Promenade by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
24. Serenata by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947 ; USA
25. Arietta by Leroy Anderson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
26. Arcana by Edgard Varèse
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1925-1927 ; USA
27. Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
28. New England Triptych: Be Glad, Then, America by William Schuman
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; USA
29. Variations for Organ on The Star-Spangled Banner, Op. 23 by Dudley Buck
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
30. National Emblem by Edwin Eugene Bagley
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1906 ; USA
31. Tuesday in November: Fugue and Chorale on "Yankee Doodle" by Virgil Thomson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
32. American Fantasia by Victor Herbert
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1893 ; USA
33. Battle Hymn of the Republic by William Steffe
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
34. Servicemen on parade by Richard Hayman
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
35. Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
Performer: H. Norman Schwarzkopf (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
36. Symphony no 3 by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944-1946 ; USA
37. Music for a Great City by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1964 ; USA
38. Symphony for Organ and Orchestra "Organ Symphony" by Aaron Copland
Performer: Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1924 ; Paris, France
39. Dance Symphony by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930 ; USA
40. Symphony no 2 "Short Symphony" by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932-1933 ; USA
41. Orchestral Variations by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1957 ; USA
42. Red Pony: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; USA
43. Our Town: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
44. The Heiress: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; USA
45. Music for Movies by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
46. Prairie Journal by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937 ; USA
47. Tournaments Overture by John Corigliano
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965 ; USA
48. Fantasia on an Ostinato by John Corigliano
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1985 ; USA
49. Elegy by John Corigliano
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1965 ; United States
50. Concerto for Piano by John Corigliano
Performer: Barry Douglas (Piano)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1968 ; USA
51. Of Rage and Remembrance by John Corigliano
Performer: Michael Forest (Tenor), Jason Stearns (Baritone), Michael Accinno (Boy Soprano), Michelle DeYoung (Mezzo Soprano), Robert P. Baker (Tenor), James Shaffran (Baritone)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1991 ; USA
52. Symphony no 1 by John Corigliano
Performer: David Hardy (Cello), Glenn Garlick (Cello), Lambert Orkis (Piano)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1989 ; USA
53. Symphony no 3 "The Camp Meeting" by Charles Ives
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904 ; USA
54. The Unanswered Question no 2 by Charles Ives
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
55. First Orchestral Set "Three Places in New England" by Charles Ives
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: circa 1912-1921 ; USA
56. Contemplations (2): no 2, Central Park in the Dark by Charles Ives
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1906 ; USA
57. Symphony no 10 "American Muse" by William Schuman
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1975 ;
58. New England Triptych by William Schuman
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; USA
59. American Festival Overture by William Schuman
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; USA
60. Incredible Flutist by Walter Piston
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
61. Symphony no 6 by Walter Piston
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1955 ; USA
62. Three New England Sketches by Walter Piston
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1959 ; USA
63. New Morning for the World by Joseph Schwantner
Performer: Vernon E. Jordan (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1982 ; USA
64. Concerto for Percussion by Joseph Schwantner
Performer: Evelyn Glennie (Percussion)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: Washington National Symphony
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1991 ; USA
65. Velocities by Joseph Schwantner
Performer: Evelyn Glennie (Marimba)
Period: 20th Century
66. Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
67. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes - no 4, Hoe-down by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
68. American Salute by Morton Gould
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943 ; USA
69. American Symphonette no 2: Pavanne by Morton Gould
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
70. Washington Post by John Philip Sousa
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1889 ; United States
71. Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1897 ; USA
72. New England Triptych: Chester by William Schuman
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; USA
73. Variations for Organ on "America" by Charles Ives
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: ?1891 ; USA
74. Babes in Toyland: March of the Toy Soldiers by Victor Herbert
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1903 ; USA
75. Fanfare for the uncommon woman no 1 by Joan Tower
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1987 ; USA
76. The Plow that Broke the Plains: Prelude by Virgil Thomson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; France
77. The Plow that Broke the Plains: Pastoral by Virgil Thomson
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; France
78. Grand Canyon Suite: On the trail by Ferde Grofé
Performer: Nina Bodnar (Violin), Barbara Liberman (Celesta)
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1931 ; USA
79. Minor Reflections by Katherine Gladney Wells
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
80. America the Beautiful by Samuel Augustus Ward
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ;
81. Taps by Traditional
Performer: Susan Slaughter (Trumpet)
82. The Star-spangled Banner by John Stafford Smith
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: by 1814 ; United States
83. The Star-spangled Banner by John Stafford Smith
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: by 1814 ; United States
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