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Lou Harrison - In Retrospect

Album Summary

>Harrison, Lou : Concerto for Flute & Percussion
>Harrison, Lou : Strict Songs (4), for 8 baritones (or male chorus) & chamber orchestra; or baritone, SATB chorus & c
>Harrison, Lou : Ariadne, ballet for flute & percussion
>Harrison, Lou : Solstice, ballet for flute, oboe, trumpet, celeste, tack piano, 2 cellos & bass
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Notes & Reviews:

"Solstice, a ballet lasting a scant half hour, is one of Lou Harrison's most beautiful creations, a masterpiece of enchanting sonorities achieved by the most economical of means. It's scored for an octet consisting of flute, oboe, trumpet, two cellos, bass, tack piano, and celesta. This, the work's only complete recording, is absolutely perfect in every respect... We can only hope that the rest of Musicmasters' Harrison catalog appears on New World in due course. He was a major voice in 20th century music, and the excellent discography of his works that appeared in the last couple of decades of his life does not deserve to languish." -Classics Today (10/10)



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>Harrison, Lou : Concerto for Flute & Percussion
  • Performers: Leta Miller (Flute); Heather Sloan (Percussion); William Winant (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 04/15/1939

>Harrison, Lou : Strict Songs (4), for 8 baritones (or male chorus) & chamber orchestra; or baritone, SATB chorus & c
  • Performer: Leroy Kromm (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Nicole Paiement
  • Ensemble: University of California, Santa Cruz Orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1955

>Harrison, Lou : Ariadne, ballet for flute & percussion
  • Performers: Leta Miller (Flute); William Winant (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 03/30/1987

>Harrison, Lou : Solstice, ballet for flute, oboe, trumpet, celeste, tack piano, 2 cellos & bass
  • Performers: Lee Duckles (Cello); Nohema Fernandez (Piano); Emily George (Tack piano); Adam Gordon (Trumpet); Leta Miller (Flute); Yvonne Powers (Oboe); Peter Shelton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Dennis Davies
  • Running Time: 24 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: ?/?1949-01/1950