William Grant Still: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3; Wood Notes

> Wood Notes - I. Singing River: Moderately slow
> Wood Notes - II. Autumn Night: Lightly
> Wood Notes - III. Moon Dusk: Slowly and expressively
> Wood Notes - IV. Whippoorwill's Shoes: Humorously
> Symphony No. 2 in G minor, "Song of a New Race" - I. Slowly
> Symphony No. 2 in G minor, "Song of a New Race" - II. Slowly and deeply expressive
> Symphony No. 2 in G minor, "Song of a New Race" - III. Moderately fast
> Symphony No. 2 in G minor, "Song of a New Race" - IV. Moderately slow
> Symphony No. 3, "The Sunday Symphony" - I. The Awakening: Moderately fast
> Symphony No. 3, "The Sunday Symphony" - II. Prayer: Very Slowly
> Symphony No. 3, "The Sunday Symphony" - III. Relaxation: Gaily
> Symphony No. 3, "The Sunday Symphony" - IV. Day's End and a New Beginning: Resolutely

Album Summary

>Still, William Grant : Wood Notes, suite for orchestra
>Still, William Grant : Symphony no 2 in G minor ("Song of A New Race")
>Still, William Grant : Symphony no 3 ("Sunday Symphony")
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The life and career of the African-American composer William Grant Still qualifies as the quintessential American 'success story.' Often referred to as the 'dean of African-American composers,' Still rose from humble beginnings to work as an arranger while studying composition with Chadwick and Varèse. Still embraced the blues, spirituals, jazz, and other ethnic American musics within classical forms. Wood Notes musically depicts Still's love of nature. Symphony No. 2, the last of a trilogy of works depicting the African-American experience, presents the vision of an integrated American society, while Symphony No. 3 describes a spiritual 'day in the life' of a devout worshipper. This disc completes the Naxos cycle of William Grant Still's Symphonies.

Classical 91.7 KUHA
The orchestra plays musically, with great unity of ensemble and a fine sense of phrasing, dynamics and blending, and with a great deal of assurance. This is very expressive and colorful music... It is the kind of playing a first hearing deserves.

David's Review Corner
The large Fort Smith Symphony is the best known orchestra from Arkansas and, together their long established music director, John Jeter, they give hugely attractive performances. The sound quality is very good. the disc completing the Naxos release of Still's five symphonies.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center, F (04/17/2011-04/18/2011).



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>Still, William Grant : Wood Notes, suite for orchestra
  • Conductor: John Jeter
  • Ensemble: Fort Smith Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA (04/17/2011-04/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Still, William Grant : Symphony no 2 in G minor ("Song of A New Race")
  • Conductor: John Jeter
  • Notes: The Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA (04/17/2011-04/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1936-1937

>Still, William Grant : Symphony no 3 ("Sunday Symphony")
  • Conductor: John Jeter
  • Notes: The Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA (04/17/2011-04/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1958