The American Spirit: Roots & Transformations - Thomson, Boyer, Lokumbe, Ives, Harris [5 CDs]

Album Summary

>Boyer, Peter : Ellis Island
>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
>Thomson, Virgil : The Plow That Broke the Plains, film score
>Thomson, Virgil : The River, suite from the film score for orchestra
>Lokumbe, Hannibal : Dear Mrs. Parks, oratorio
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

These four Naxos American Classics releases selected for this Americana collection... focus on some of the defining moments of that history. First... a panorama of works inspired by Abraham Lincoln in defnitive performances conducted by Leonard Slatkin... Then Hannibal Lokumbe's rousing tribute to Rosa Parks... features the Detroit Symphony and the combined singers of two of Michigan's most venerable choruses. Next, Peter Boyer's dramatic account of the arrival of immigrants to Ellis Island in the early 20th century is narrated by an all-star cast including Eli Wallch and Olympia Dukakis. Finally, the first ever complete recordings of two film scores by Virgil Thomson for 1930s documentaries detailing the plight of rural Americans priot to the New Deal..." - Frank J. Oteri, NewMusicBox.com



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Works Details

>Boyer, Peter : Ellis Island :: The Dream of America, for narrators & orchestra
  • Conductor: Peter Boyer
  • Notes: Air Studios, London (02/16/2003); Magic Venture Studios, New York, NY (02/16/2003); Air Studios, London (09/17/2003-09/19/2003); Magic Venture Studios, New York, NY (09/17/2003-09/19/2003)
  • Running Time: 40 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

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

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

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

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

>Gould, Morton : A Lincoln Legend, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • 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
  • 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
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

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

>Thomson, Virgil : The Plow That Broke the Plains, film score
  • Conductor: Angel Gil-Ordóñez
  • Ensemble: Post-Classical Ensemble
  • Notes: Omega Recording Studio, Rockville, MD (06/11/2005-06/12/2005)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Thomson, Virgil : The River, suite from the film score for orchestra
  • Conductor: Angel Gil-Ordóñez
  • Ensemble: Post-Classical Ensemble
  • Notes: Omega Recording Studio, Rockville, MD (06/11/2005-06/12/2005)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Lokumbe, Hannibal : Dear Mrs. Parks, oratorio
  • Performers: Kevin Deas (Bass Baritone); Janice Chandler Eteme; Jevetta Steele (Voice); Taylor Gardner
  • Conductor: Thomas Wilkins
  • Notes: Orchestra Hall, Detroit, Michigan (03/06/2009-03/08/2009)
  • Running Time: 57 min. 5 sec.
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 2005
  • Studio/Live: Live