American Classics - Abraham Lincoln Portraits

Album Summary

>Ives, Charles : Lincoln, the Great Commoner, for chorus & orchestra, S. 184 (K. 5B5)
>Persichetti, Vincent : A Lincoln Address, Op. 124
>Harris, Roy : Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra
>Bacon, Ernst : A Few Glimpses of Easter Week, 1865, for orchestra
>Gould, Morton : A Lincoln Legend, for orchestra
>McKay, George Frederick : To a Liberator (A Lincoln Tribute), for orchestra
>Turok, Paul : Variations on an American Song
>Copland, Aaron : Lincoln Portrait
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), sixteenth President of the United States, has inspired many works of literature, art and music. To celebrate the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, the Nashville Symphony, Leonard Slatkin and Naxos have selected eight important works by leading American composers, some setting Lincoln's own immortal words, some words of poets inspired by him, others based on Lincoln's life and ideals. Turok's 'Variations on an American Song: Aspects of Lincoln and Liberty' is based on a folk tune Lincoln used as a campaign song, 'Rosin the Bow'.

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Classical Net
A special word about Sharon Mabry and the trio in Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight. The performers do a fine, although not life-altering job I think possible with the Harris. Nevertheless, this is one complicated work, and it demands laser-like concentration and the ability to know where you are at any point in the work. Otherwise, the cantata can come off as a musical blob. The performers understand the piece and bring the listener with them.



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Works Details

>Ives, Charles : Lincoln, the Great Commoner, for chorus & orchestra, S. 184 (K. 5B5)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Persichetti, Vincent : A Lincoln Address, Op. 124
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Chorus
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Harris, Roy : Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, for mezzo-soprano & orchestra
  • Performers: Sharon Mabry (Mezzo Soprano); Anthony LaMarchina (Cello); Mary VanOsdale (Violin); Roger Wiesmeyer (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Chorus
  • Running Time: 14 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Bacon, Ernst : A Few Glimpses of Easter Week, 1865, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Chorus
  • Running Time: 27 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gould, Morton : A Lincoln Legend, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Chorus
  • Running Time: 16 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>McKay, George Frederick : To a Liberator (A Lincoln Tribute), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Turok, Paul : Variations on an American Song :: Aspects of Lincoln and Liberty, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Copland, Aaron : Lincoln Portrait
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 14 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942