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The American Album / Slatkin, St Louis Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
>Gould, Morton : American Salute
>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Washington Post, march for band
>Schuman, William : New England Triptych
>Schuman, William : Variations on "America", arrangement for orchestra or band (after Charles Ives)
>Gould, Morton : American Symphonette no 2
>Herbert, Victor : Babes in Toyland
>Tower, Joan [Composer] : Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, for brass ensemble & percussion no 1
>Copland, Aaron : Rodeo
>Thomson, Virgil : The Plow That Broke the Plains, film score
>Grofe, Ferde [Composer] : Grand Canyon Suite, for orchestra
>Wells, Katherine Gladney : Minor Reflections, for orchestra
>Anonymous, American : America the Beautiful, song
>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band
>Anonymous, American : Taps (attributed to Daniel Butterfield)
>Smith, John Stafford : The Star-spangled Banner
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Nina Bodnar (violin); Susan Slaughter (trumpet); Barbara Liberman (celesta).

Recording information: Powell Symphony Hall; St.Louis.

If one wanted a collection of the best-known and best-loved American orchestral works of the twentieth century, here it is. Leonard Slatkin and RCA have assembled works ranging from the massively imposing -- Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man -- to the delightfully amusing -- Herbert's March of the Toys from Babes in Toyland -- from the amiably folksy -- Grofé's on The Trail from The Grand Canyon Suite -- to the wildly inebriated -- Schumann's orchestration of Ives' Variations on "America" -- and from the raucously rocking -- Copland's Hoedown -- to the monumentally patriotic -- America the Beautiful as arranged by Carmen Dragon. And while the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's performances are sometimes just a tad too loose -- listen to the strings go awry in the recapitulation of the March of the Toys -- and Slatkin's conducting is sometimes just a shade too relaxed -- listen to the tempo shifts in Variations -- no can say that their hearts aren't in the right place. And in a collection of patriotic music, having your heart in the right place counts for more than having your fingers in the right place. For what it is, it doesn't get any better. RCA's sound is loud and proud. ~ James Leonard



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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gould, Morton : American Salute
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Washington Post, march for band
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1889
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schuman, William : New England Triptych :: Chester
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Schuman, William : Variations on "America", arrangement for orchestra or band (after Charles Ives)
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Orchestrated: William Schuman (1963)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1963
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gould, Morton : American Symphonette no 2 :: Pavane
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Herbert, Victor : Babes in Toyland
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: March
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tower, Joan [Composer] : Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, for brass ensemble & percussion no 1
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Copland, Aaron : Rodeo :: Hoedown
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomson, Virgil : The Plow That Broke the Plains, film score :: Prelude
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Thomson, Virgil : The Plow That Broke the Plains, film score :: Pastoral
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Ferde Grofé (Composer) (1892 - 1972) : Grand Canyon Suite, for orchestra :: On the Trail
  • Performers: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Nina Bodnar (Violin); Barbara Liberman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Wells, Katherine Gladney : Minor Reflections, for orchestra
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, American : America the Beautiful, song
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Arranged: Dragon/Hayman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Sousa, John P. [Composer] : The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous, American : Taps (attributed to Daniel Butterfield)
  • Performers: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra; Susan Slaughter (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Smith, John Stafford : The Star-spangled Banner
  • Performer: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1799
  • Studio/Live: Studio