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Antheil / Spalding, Livingston, Philadelphia Virtuosi

Album Summary

>Antheil, George : Dreams, ballet for orchestra, W. 238
>Antheil, George : Concerto for Piano (1926) a.k.a."No. 2," W. 206a
>Antheil, George : Serenade, for chamber orchestra no 2, W. 191
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Just last year (May/June) we reviewed a CPO release of Antheil's piano music, which contained another performance of the concerto as well as the original piano version of the 'Can- Can' movement of the orchestral suite Dreams. The performances here are more staid. Antheil was a chameleon, a showman, and sometimes a comedian; the Philadelphia Virtuosi take him at face value and give him the kind of earnest reading he yearned for. The program gives a fairly broad picture of Antheil's multiple compositional personas. Dreams is a novelty piece whose movements include 'Rat', 'Polka', and 'Acrobat'; it gets a deadpan performance that suits its dreamier moments, though a touch of slapstick here and there would help. The other two pieces show Antheil's serious side: the concerto is soaked in Stravinskian neoclassicism, and the Serenade has a thick French accent. Both have a three movement fast-slow-fast structure, and while they're not masterpieces, they come off well in Spalding's hands." -ARG



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>Antheil, George : Dreams, ballet for orchestra, W. 238
  • Conductor: Daniel Spalding
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (10/09/2005-10/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934-1935

>Antheil, George : Concerto for Piano (1926) a.k.a."No. 2," W. 206a
  • Performer: Guy Livingston (Piano)
  • Conductor: Daniel Spalding
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (10/09/2005-10/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Antheil, George : Serenade, for chamber orchestra no 2, W. 191
  • Conductor: Daniel Spalding
  • Ensemble: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra
  • Notes: First Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA (10/09/2005-10/11/2005)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949