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American Music - Adams, Gershwin, Bernstein, Ellington, Ives, Carter, etc / Sir Simon Rattle, London PO, et al

Audio Samples

>Adams, John : Harmonielehre
>Adams, John : The Chairman Dances
>Adams, John : Tromba Lontana, fanfare for orchestra
>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra
>Ives, Charles : New England Holidays Symphony
>     New England Holidays (Holidays Symphony), for orchestra, S. 5 (K. 1A4)
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>     Opening
>Carter, Elliott : A Celebration of some 100 x 150 notes, for orchestra
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
>     Mambo
>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life
>Bernstein, Leonard : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
>Strayhorn, Billy : Take the A Train
>Ellington, Duke : You're the One, song
>Ellington, Duke : Sophisticated Lady, musical
>     [Excerpt]
>Ellington, Duke : Harlem
>Ellington, Duke : Isfahan, song
>Ellington, Duke : Ad Lib on Nippon, song
>Henderson, Luther : That Doo-wah Thing (after Ellington & Mills
>     It Don't Mean a Thing)
>Ellington, Duke : Something to Live For, song
>Ellington, Duke : Come Sunday
>Ellington, Duke : Solitude
>Ellington, Duke : Maybe Someday, song
>Ellington, Mercer : Things Ain't What They Used To Be
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Gershwin, George : Funny Face
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Creamer, Henry : After You've Gone, song
>Ernie Erdman / Billy Meye : Nobody's Sweetheart
>Young, Victor : Sweet Sue (Just You)

Album Summary

>Adams, John : Harmonielehre
>Adams, John : The Chairman Dances
>Adams, John : Tromba Lontana, fanfare for orchestra
>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra
>Ives, Charles : New England Holidays Symphony
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Carter, Elliott : A Celebration of some 100 x 150 notes, for orchestra
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life
>Bernstein, Leonard : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
>Strayhorn, Billy : Take the A Train
>Ellington, Duke : You're the One, song
>Ellington, Duke : Sophisticated Lady, musical
>Ellington, Duke : Harlem
>Ellington, Duke : Isfahan, song
>Ellington, Duke : Ad Lib on Nippon, song
>Henderson, Luther : That Doo-wah Thing (after Ellington & Mills
>Ellington, Duke : Something to Live For, song
>Ellington, Duke : Come Sunday
>Ellington, Duke : Solitude
>Ellington, Duke : Maybe Someday, song
>Ellington, Mercer : Things Ain't What They Used To Be
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Gershwin, George : Funny Face
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Creamer, Henry : After You've Gone, song
>Ernie Erdman / Billy Meye : Nobody's Sweetheart
>Young, Victor : Sweet Sue (Just You)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American classical composers often get unfairly overshadowed by their European counterparts, and a great deal of powerful, groundbreaking new music has passed under the radar as a result. Simon Rattle has shown a great commitment to bring this music into the public eye, and his recordings on this 7-CD set with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta go a long way toward achieving this goal. Together, Rattle and these orchestras cut to the heart of the minimalism of John Adams, the stylish elegance of Leonard Bernstein, and the cool jazz of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.



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Works Details

>Adams, John : Harmonielehre
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 40 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984-1985

>Adams, John : The Chairman Dances
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Adams, John : Tromba Lontana, fanfare for orchestra
  • Performers: Jonathan Holland (Trumpet); Wesley Warren (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Ives, Charles : New England Holidays Symphony :: New England Holidays (Holidays Symphony), for orchestra, S. 5 (K. 1A4)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (07/09/1995-07/15/1995)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917-1919

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue :: Opening
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (07/09/1995-07/15/1995)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Carter, Elliott : A Celebration of some 100 x 150 notes, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (07/09/1995-07/15/1995)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story :: Mambo
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (07/09/1995-07/15/1995)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life
  • Performers: Melanie Marshall (Mezzo Soprano); Michael Dore (Double Bass); Lynton Atkinson (Tenor); Audra McDonald (Soprano); Robert Fardell (Voice); Karl Daymond (Baritone); Thomas Hampson (Voice); Kim Criswell (Soprano); Rodney Gilfrey (Voice); Timothy Robinson (Tenor); Kimberly Cobb (Voice); Brent Barrett (Voice); Simone Sauphanor (Voice)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (06/09/1998-06/11/1998)
  • Running Time: 58 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Bernstein, Leonard : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
  • Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CTS Studio, Wembley, England (12/30/1986/01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Strayhorn, Billy : Take the A Train
  • Performers: Clark Terry (Trumpet); Bobby Watson (Violin); Regina Carter (Violin); Lewis Nash (Drums); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); John Barclay (Trumpet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Ellington, Duke : You're the One, song
  • Performers: Clark Terry (Trumpet); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Geri Allen (Piano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); John Barclay (Trumpet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Lewis Nash (Drums); Regina Carter (Violin); Bobby Watson (Oboe); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Sophisticated Lady, musical :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Regina Carter (Violin); Lewis Nash (Drums); John Barclay (Trumpet); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Bobby Watson (Violin); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Harlem
  • Performers: Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); John Barclay (Trumpet); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lewis Nash (Drums); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Regina Carter (Violin); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Geri Allen (Piano); Bobby Watson (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Ellington, Duke : Isfahan, song
  • Performers: John Barclay (Trumpet); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Lewis Nash (Drums); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Regina Carter (Violin); Bobby Watson (Piano); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Colin Parr (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Ad Lib on Nippon, song
  • Performers: Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Clark Terry (Trumpet); John Barclay (Trumpet); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Regina Carter (Violin); Bobby Watson (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Henderson, Luther : That Doo-wah Thing (after Ellington & Mills :: It Don't Mean a Thing)
  • Performers: Richard Sampson (Oboe); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Bobby Watson (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet); Geri Allen (Piano); Regina Carter (Violin); Lewis Nash (Drums); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Something to Live For, song
  • Performers: Regina Carter (Violin); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Bobby Watson (Violin); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet); Clark Terry (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Come Sunday
  • Performers: Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Bobby Watson (Violin); Regina Carter (Violin); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Clark Terry (Trumpet); John Barclay (Trumpet); Geri Allen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Ellington, Duke : Solitude
  • Performers: Lewis Nash (Drums); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Geri Allen (Piano); Regina Carter (Violin); Bobby Watson (Violin); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Ellington, Duke : Maybe Someday, song
  • Performers: Clark Terry (Trumpet); Geri Allen (Piano); Bobby Watson (Violin); Regina Carter (Violin); Lewis Nash (Drums); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Mercer : Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  • Performers: Clark Terry (Trumpet); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Geri Allen (Piano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Bobby Watson (Piano); Regina Carter (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
  • Performers: Linda Thompson (Soprano); Willard White (Voice); Curtis Watson (Voice); Paula Ingram (Mezzo Soprano); Michael Forest (Tenor); Harolyn Blackwell (Voice); Camellia Johnson (Soprano); Cynthia Clarey (Soprano); Cynthia Haymon (Soprano); Raemond Martin (Tenor); Maureen Braithwaite (Voice); Johnny Worthy (Tenor); Ron Travis (Spoken Vocals); Marietta Simpson (Mezzo Soprano); Mervin Wallace (Tenor); Blair Wilson (Tenor); Jim Malary (Soprano); Bruce Hubbard (Baritone); William Johnson (Baritone); Autris Paige (Tenor); Barrington Coleman (Tenor); Colenton Freeman (Tenor); Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Organ); Ted Maynard (Spoken Vocals); Damon Evans (Tenor); Ritchie Pitts (Soprano); Alan Tilvern (Spoken Vocals); Hyacinth Nicholls (Mezzo Soprano); Anne Fridal (Mezzo Soprano); Coleman Barrington (Voice); Gregg Baker (Baritone); Billy Mitchell (Spoken Vocals)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (11/08/1998-11/19/1988)
  • Running Time: 70 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Gershwin, George : Funny Face
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (12/22/1990-12/23/1990)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick (10/04/1990-10/06/1990)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925

>Creamer, Henry : After You've Gone, song
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CTS Studio, Wembley, England (12/30/1986/01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Ernie Erdman / Billy Meye : Nobody's Sweetheart
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CTS Studio, Wembley, England (12/30/1986/01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Young, Victor : Sweet Sue (Just You)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CTS Studio, Wembley, England (12/30/1986/01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928