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Adolphus Hailstork: An American Port of Call / Kevin Deas, baritone - Falletta

> Symphony No. 1 - I. Allegro
> Symphony No. 1 - II. Lento ma non troppo
> Symphony No. 1 - III. Allegretto
> Symphony No. 1 - IV. Vivace
> 3 Spirituals for Orchestra - No. 1. Everytime I feel the Spirit
> 3 Spirituals for Orchestra - No. 2. Kum Bab Yah
> 3 Spirituals for Orchestra - No. 3. Oh Freedom
> An American Port of Call - An American Port of Call
> Fanfare on Amazing Grace - Fanfare on Amazing Grace
> Whitman's Journey - Whitman's Journey: I. Launch out on endless seas

Album Summary

>Hailstork, Adolphus : Symphony no 1
>Hailstork, Adolphus : Spirituals (3), for orchestra
>Hailstork, Adolphus : An American Port of Call
>Hailstork, Adolphus : Fanfare on "Amazing Grace", for brass quintet, percussion & organ
>Hailstork, Adolphus : Whitman's Journey, for chorus & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Award-winning composer Adolphus Hailstork is a vibrant communicator whose music speaks directly and subtly. His Symphony No. 1 was commissioned for festival performance and is imbued with the lyrical and vivid qualities of which he is a master. The Three Spirituals are richly affecting orchestral settings originally written for pipe organ. Fanfare on Amazing Grace is nobly conceived and An American Port of Call evokes the bustle inspired by Norfolk, Virginia. Whitman's Journey is a hymn of hope for those setting out on 'the seas of life.' A champion of American music, JoAnn Falletta has presented nearly five hundred works by American composers including over one hundred world premières. Her Naxos recordings include the double GRAMMY Award-winning disc of works by John Corigliano and GRAMMY-nominated discs of works of Tyberg, Dohnányi, Fuchs, Schubert, and Respighi.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
The level of mediocrity here is astounding, in themes and execution. Symphony No. 1:I makes much of a syncopated rhythm that's as common as kudzu on a Georgia overpass, and it goes downhill from there. An American Port of Call, a tone poem inspired by Norfolk, Virginia, where Hailstork lives, at least has some excitement to it. But the whole program is pedestrian, and the performance second-rate except for Mr Deas.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: L. Douglas Wilder Performing Arts Center, Norfolk State (05/18/2011).



Reviews

American Masterworks
American composer Adolphus Hailstork has been quietly building up an impressive catalog of well-crafted works. This new collection brings some of them to light.

Hailstork's Symphony No. 1 is an expansive work with plenty of energy. Hailstork's melodies are always tuneful and rhythmic, which makes this symphony sparkle. For the most part, the work's thinly orchestrated. In some ways it's more of a symphony of small instrumental groups rather than a big ensemble.

Whtiman's Journey is a large-scale work for orchestra and chorus. Whitman's a quintessentially American poet, and Hailstork's open, Coplanesque composition brings out that aspect of poetry. It's a warm, elegiac work that's a satisfying blend of words and music.

An American Port of Call shares some characteristics of William Walton's Portsmouith Point. both are short orchestral works depicting a busy seaport. Hailstork's composition has all the energy of a bustling waterfront, with different musical themes moving back and forth in crosscurrents. A splendid curtain-raiser.

Hailstork draws on his African-American heritage for Three Spirituals. Although there's some jazz inflections in this work, Three Spirituals is first and foremost a concert piece for orchestra. The melodies may be familiar, but Hailstork develops them in interesting ways that, while symphonic in nature, remain true to the character of the source material.

Fanfare on Amazing Grace is an imaginative treatment of this well-known (and perhaps over-performed hymn). The tune provides the starting point from which he builds a superstructure of original material, that reveals new insights about this melody.

Adolphus Hailstork lives in eastern Virginia. The Virginia Symphony, is a hometown ensemble, well familiar with Hailstork's music. Under the direction of JoAnn Falletta, this regional orchestra turns in credible performances. Sometimes the ensemble playing isn't as precise as it needs to be, but that's a minor quibble. It's a joy simply to hear these works played.
Submitted on 01/04/13 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Hailstork, Adolphus : Symphony no 1
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus
  • Running Time: 20 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1988
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Hailstork, Adolphus : Spirituals (3), for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 7 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Hailstork, Adolphus : An American Port of Call
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 8 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Hailstork, Adolphus : Fanfare on "Amazing Grace", for brass quintet, percussion & organ
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Hailstork, Adolphus : Whitman's Journey, for chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Kevin Deas (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 17 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005
  • Studio/Live: Live