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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: Audra McDonald (Soprano); Lynton Atkinson (Tenor); Michael Dore (Double Bass); Rodney Gilfrey (Voice); Melanie Marshall (Mezzo Soprano); Thomas Hampson (Voice); Kimberly Cobb (Voice); Timothy Robinson (Tenor); Brent Barrett (Voice); Kim Criswell (Soprano); Robert Fardell (Voice); Karl Daymond (Baritone); 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: Geri Allen (Piano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Lewis Nash (Drums); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Regina Carter (Violin); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); John Barclay (Trumpet); Bobby Watson (Violin); 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: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Ellington, Duke : You're the One, song
  • Performers: John Barclay (Trumpet); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Regina Carter (Violin); Lewis Nash (Drums); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Bobby Watson (Oboe); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Geri Allen (Piano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon)
  • 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: Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Regina Carter (Violin); Lewis Nash (Drums); Geri Allen (Piano); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Bobby Watson (Violin); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Clark Terry (Trumpet); John Barclay (Trumpet)
  • 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: Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Regina Carter (Violin); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Geri Allen (Piano); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Colin Parr (Clarinet); John Barclay (Trumpet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Richard Sampson (Oboe); 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: Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Geri Allen (Piano); Bobby Watson (Piano); Regina Carter (Violin); Lewis Nash (Drums); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); 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. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Ad Lib on Nippon, song
  • Performers: Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Regina Carter (Violin); Lewis Nash (Drums); Bobby Watson (Violin); Geri Allen (Piano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet)
  • 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: John Barclay (Trumpet); Bobby Watson (Bassoon); Regina Carter (Violin); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Lewis Nash (Drums); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Geri Allen (Piano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon)
  • 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: Lewis Nash (Drums); Bobby Watson (Violin); John Barclay (Trumpet); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Geri Allen (Piano); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Regina Carter (Violin); 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: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Come Sunday
  • Performers: Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lewis Nash (Drums); Regina Carter (Violin); Bobby Watson (Violin); Clark Terry (Trumpet); John Barclay (Trumpet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Richard Sampson (Oboe)
  • 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: Clark Terry (Trumpet); John Barclay (Trumpet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Regina Carter (Violin); Bobby Watson (Violin); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lewis Nash (Drums); 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: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Ellington, Duke : Maybe Someday, song
  • Performers: Colin Parr (Clarinet); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Bobby Watson (Violin); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); John Barclay (Trumpet); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Lewis Nash (Drums); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Regina Carter (Violin)
  • 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: Lewis Nash (Drums); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Regina Carter (Violin); Geri Allen (Piano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); John Barclay (Trumpet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Bobby Watson (Piano)
  • 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: Harolyn Blackwell (Voice); Jim Malary (Soprano); Willard White (Voice); Curtis Watson (Voice); Linda Thompson (Soprano); Cynthia Haymon (Soprano); Cynthia Clarey (Soprano); Camellia Johnson (Soprano); William Johnson (Baritone); Raemond Martin (Tenor); Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Organ); Billy Mitchell (Spoken Vocals); Gregg Baker (Baritone); Colenton Freeman (Tenor); Damon Evans (Tenor); Autris Paige (Tenor); Ritchie Pitts (Soprano); Bruce Hubbard (Baritone); Blair Wilson (Tenor); Marietta Simpson (Mezzo Soprano); Ron Travis (Spoken Vocals); Johnny Worthy (Tenor); Maureen Braithwaite (Voice); Barrington Coleman (Tenor); Alan Tilvern (Spoken Vocals); Paula Ingram (Mezzo Soprano); Hyacinth Nicholls (Mezzo Soprano); Anne Fridal (Mezzo Soprano); Coleman Barrington (Voice); Mervin Wallace (Tenor); Ted Maynard (Spoken Vocals); Michael Forest (Tenor)
  • 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