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American Classics - music for orchestra and for 2 pianos by Adams, Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin, Glass, Joplin / Labèque Sisters, Renaud Capuçon, Hélène Grimaud [6 CDs]

Album Summary

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Bernstein, Leonard : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
>Bernstein, Leonard : Facsimile
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
>Bernstein, Leonard : Divertimento for Orchestra
>Bernstein, Leonard : Wonderful Town
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
>Barber, Samuel : Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24
>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring
>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
>Adams, John : The Chairman Dances
>Adams, John : Tromba Lontana, fanfare for orchestra
>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra
>Adams, John : Shaker Loops
>Glass, Philip : Façades, for 2 flutes (or saxophones) & strings
>Reich, Steve : Eight Lines
>Glass, Philip : Company
>Gershwin, George : A Damsel in Distress, suite from the film score for orchestra (arr. by John McGlinn)
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Gershwin, George : Tip-Toes
>Gershwin, George : Oh, Kay!
>Porter, Cole : Anything Goes
>Porter, Cole : Can-Can
>Porter, Cole : Kiss Me, Kate
>Porter, Cole : Night and day, song (from The Gay Divorcee)
>Kern, Jerome : Leave It to Jane
>Kern, Jerome : Sitting Pretty
>Kern, Jerome : Music from the film Swing Time
>Kern, Jerome : Show Boat
>Joplin, Scott : The Entertainer
>Gershwin, George : Rialto Ripples, rag for piano
>Joplin, Scott : Magnetic Rag
>Johnson, James P. : Carolina Shout, for piano
>Joplin, Scott : Maple Leaf Rag
>Joplin, Scott : Elite Syncopations
>Joplin, Scott : The Strenuous Life, rag for piano
>Joplin, Scott : Bethena
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Gershwin, George : Strike up the Band
>Strayhorn, Billy : Take the 'A' Train
>Ellington, Duke : Sophisticated Lady, song
>Ellington, Duke : It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)
>Ellington, Duke : Come Sunday
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In the 20th century, the great American composers – simmering in the mighty melting pot – evoked Hollywood glamour, folksy landscapes, irresistible swing, poignant nostalgia, showbiz pzazz, sweet sentiment, streetwise sophistication, and hypnotic minimalistic drive. This 6-CD box – featuring such citizens of the world as Simon Rattle, André Previn, The Labèque Sisters, Renaud Capuçon, Hélène Grimaud and Paavo Järvi – take us on an exhilarating journey across the musical horizons of the USA.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Aalborg Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (02/1988); Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (02/1988); All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (02/1988); All Saint's Church, Tooting, London (02/1988); CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England (02/1988); Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (02/1988); Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (02/1988); London, Henry Wood Hall (02/1988); New York, RCA Studios (02/1988); Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (02/1988); Aalborg Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (02/1988-03/1988); Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (02/1988-03/1988); All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (02/1988-03/1988); All Saint's Church, Tooting, London (02/1988-03/1988); CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England (02/1988-03/1988); Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (02/1988-03/1988); Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (02/1988-03/1988); London, Henry Wood Hall (02/1988-03/1988); New York, RCA Studios (02/1988-03/1988); Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (02/1988-03/1988); Aalborg Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (03/1990); Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (03/1990); All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (03/1990); All Saint's Church, Tooting, London (03/1990); CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England (03/1990); Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (03/1990); Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (03/1990); London, Henry Wood Hall (03/1990); New York, RCA Studios (03/1990); Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (03/1990); Aalborg Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (05/1988); Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (05/1988); All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (05/1988); All Saint's Church, Tooting, London (05/1988); CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England (05/1988); Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (05/1988); Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (05/1988); London, Henry Wood Hall (05/1988); New York, RCA Studios (05/1988); Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (05/1988); Aalborg Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (05/24/1997-05/25/1997); Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (05/24/1997-05/25/1997); All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (05/24/1997-05/25/1997); All Saint's Church, Tooting, London (05/24/1997-05/25/1997); CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England (05/24/1997-05/25/1997); Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (05/24/1997-05/25/1997); Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (05/24/1997-05/25/1997); London, Henry Wood Hall (05/24/1997-05/25/1997); New York, RCA Studios (05/24/1997-05/25/1997); Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (05/24/1997-05/25/1997); Aalborg Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/08/1997-06/10/1997); Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (06/08/1997-06/10/1997); All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (06/08/1997-06/10/1997); All Saint's Church, Tooting, London (06/08/1997-06/10/1997); CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England (06/08/1997-06/10/1997); Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (06/08/1997-06/10/1997); Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (06/08/1997-06/10/1997); London, Henry Wood Hall (06/08/1997-06/10/1997); New York, RCA Studios (06/08/1997-06/10/1997); Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (06/08/1997-06/10/1997); Aalborg Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/09/1998-06/11/1998); Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (06/09/1998-06/11/1998); All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (06/09/1998-06/11/1998); All Saint's Church, Tooting, London (06/09/1998-06/11/1998); CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England (06/09/1998-06/11/1998); Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (06/09/1998-06/11/1998); Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (06/09/1998-06/11/1998); London, Henry Wood Hall (06/09/1998-06/11/1998); New York, RCA Studios (06/09/1998-06/11/1998); Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (06/09/1998-06/11/1998); Aalborg Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/1986); Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (06/1986); All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (06/1986); All Saint's Church, Tooting, London (06/1986); CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England (06/1986); Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (06/1986); Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (06/1986); London, Henry Wood Hall (06/1986); New York, RCA Studios (06/1986); Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (06/1986); Aalborg Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/1987-08/1987); Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (06/1987-08/1987); All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (06/1987-08/1987); All Saint's Church, Tooting, London (06/1987-08/1987); CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England (06/1987-08/1987); Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (06/1987-08/1987); Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (06/1987-08/1987); London, Henry Wood Hall (06/1987-08/1987); New York, RCA Studios (06/1987-08/1987); Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (06/1987-08/1987); Aalborg Symfonien, Aalborg, Denmark (06/1989); Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (06/1989); All Saints Church, Petersham, London, England (06/1989); All Saint's Church, Tooting, London (06/1989); CTS Studio 2, Wembley, London, England (06/1989); Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (06/1989); Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (06/1989); London, Henry Wood Hall (06/1989); New York, RCA Studios (06/1989).



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>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue, for piano & orchestra (orchestrated by F. Grofé)
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Gershwin, George : An American in Paris
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Piano)
  • Conductor: Wayne Marshall
  • Notes: Composition written: 1928.
  • Running Time: 19 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1928

>Gershwin, George : Variations on "I got rhythm" for Piano and Orchestra
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Piano)
  • Conductor: Wayne Marshall
  • Running Time: 8 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Conductor: David Zinman
  • Notes: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Balitmore, MD (05/24/1997-05/25/1997)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925

>Bernstein, Leonard : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
  • Performers: Sabine Meyer (Clarinet); Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Piano)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (06/08/1997-06/10/1997)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Bernstein, Leonard : Facsimile
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Piano)
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (06/08/1997-06/10/1997)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (06/08/1997-06/10/1997)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Bernstein, Leonard : Divertimento for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Järvi Paavo
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (06/08/1997-06/10/1997)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1980

>Bernstein, Leonard : Wonderful Town :: Overture
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (06/09/1998-06/11/1998)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide, overture to the operetta
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Barber, Samuel : Adagio for Strings
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936

>Barber, Samuel : Knoxville, Summer of 1915, Op. 24 :: Summer of 1915, for high voice & orchestra (rev. for voice & chamber orchestra), Op. 24
  • Performer: Jill Gomez (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947-1950

>Korngold, Erich Wolfgang : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35
  • Performer: Renaud Capuçon (Violin)
  • Conductor: Yannick Nézet-Séguin
  • Notes: Hilversum, Muziekcentrum van de Omroep (MCO Studio 5) (07/07/2009-07/09/2009)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1945

>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 26 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1945

>Copland, Aaron : Fanfare for the common man
  • Conductor: Carl Davis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Adams, John : The Chairman Dances
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 12 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Adams, John : Tromba Lontana, fanfare for orchestra
  • Performers: Jonathan Holland (Trumpet); Wesley Warren (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1986

>Adams, John : Shaker Loops
  • Conductor: Christopher Warren-Green
  • Running Time: 24 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1978

>Glass, Philip : Façades, for 2 flutes (or saxophones) & strings
  • Performer: John Harle (Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Christopher Warren-Green
  • Running Time: 7 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981

>Reich, Steve : Eight Lines
  • Conductor: Christopher Warren-Green
  • Running Time: 17 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1979

>Glass, Philip : Company
  • Conductor: Christopher Warren-Green
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1983

>Gershwin, George : A Damsel in Distress, suite from the film score for orchestra (arr. by John McGlinn)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy :: Overture
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Gershwin, George : Tip-Toes :: Overture
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Gershwin, George : Oh, Kay! :: Overture
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Porter, Cole : Anything Goes :: Overture
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Porter, Cole : Can-Can :: Overture
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Porter, Cole : Kiss Me, Kate :: Overture
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 6 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Porter, Cole : Night and day, song (from The Gay Divorcee)
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Leave It to Jane :: Overture
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1917

>Kern, Jerome : Sitting Pretty :: Overture
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Kern, Jerome : Music from the film Swing Time :: I. Main Title/Pick Yourself Up
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Music from the film Swing Time :: II. The Way You Look Tonight
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Music from the film Swing Time :: III. Waltz in Swing Time
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Music from the film Swing Time :: IV. Never Gonna Dance
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Music from the film Swing Time :: V. Bojangles of Harlem
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Kern, Jerome : Show Boat :: Overture
  • Conductor: John McGlinn
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Joplin, Scott : The Entertainer
  • Notes: Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (10/11/1982-10/16/1982)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Gershwin, George : Rialto Ripples, rag for piano
  • Notes: Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (10/11/1982-10/16/1982)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Joplin, Scott : Magnetic Rag
  • Notes: Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (10/11/1982-10/16/1982)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Johnson, James P. : Carolina Shout, for piano
  • Notes: Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (10/11/1982-10/16/1982)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1914

>Joplin, Scott : Maple Leaf Rag
  • Notes: Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (10/11/1982-10/16/1982)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Joplin, Scott : Elite Syncopations
  • Notes: Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (10/11/1982-10/16/1982)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Joplin, Scott : The Strenuous Life, rag for piano
  • Notes: Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (10/11/1982-10/16/1982)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Joplin, Scott : Bethena
  • Notes: Abbey Road, No. 1 Studio, London, England (10/11/1982-10/16/1982)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Waltz
  • Written: 1905

>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
  • Performers: Katia Labèque (Piano); Marielle Labèque (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
  • Performer: Harolyn Blackwell (Voice)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess :: Ain't necessarily so... Shame on all you sinners
  • Performers: Cynthia Clarey (Soprano); Damon Evans (Tenor); Marietta Simpson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Gershwin, George : Strike up the Band
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Piano)
  • Conductor: Wayne Marshall
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Strayhorn, Billy : Take the 'A' Train
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Ellington, Duke : Sophisticated Lady, song
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Ellington, Duke : It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Come Sunday
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birhimgham (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943