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American Classics - Music for Cello & Orchestra / Eddins, Hanani, RTE NSO

Album Summary

>Perry, William (i) : Concerto for Cello "Jamestown"
>Shakespeare, William : Orpheus with his lute, poem from "Henry VIII"
>Schuman, William : A Song of Orpheus, fantasy for cello & orchestra
>Thomson, Virgil : Concerto for Cello
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This recording presents three important yet infrequently heard American cello works. It is the first modern recording of William Schuman's 'A Song of Orpheus'; the Virgil Thomson 'Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra' in its original full orchestration has not been recorded since the 1950s; and William Perry's 'Jamestown Concerto' is receiving its world premiere recording. All three composers worked extensively in art song, opera or musical theatre, and their concertos, while technically demanding, emphasize the lyric qualities of the cello, the instrument that most closely identifies with the human voice. The music is distinctly American, optimistic and outgoing, while intentionally touching on the roots of the American experience.

Fanfare
The Jamestown Concerto (2006) begins with a beautiful solo cello segment that sits halfway between solo cadenza and folkish musing, described as a "cello overture" in Douglas Bruce's notes. ... it is a poignant work that integrates Perry's trademark filmic qualities into a concert framework. Yehuda Hanani is a most eloquent soloist. I find the work's almost childlike sense of wonder and its clear impression of ongoing narrative, beautifully scored, rather compelling. The playful "Pocahontas in London" fourth movement is enchanting; the fifth bustles while faithfully evoking time and place. Skillful, eminently musical, and poignant pretty much sum up this piece... Schuman's A Song of Orpheus [is]... superbly atmospheric music, yet at the same time sophisticated, especially in harmonic terms. Finally, Virgil Thomson's Cello Concerto, a remarkably strong and powerful work, is given a proud and muscular account here by Hanani... The placing of Perry here is important. He justly takes his place with two giants of American music.



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Works Details

>Perry, William (i) : Concerto for Cello "Jamestown"
  • Performer: Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
  • Conductor: William Eddins
  • Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (04/23/2007/04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2007

>Shakespeare, William : Orpheus with his lute, poem from "Henry VIII"
  • Performer: Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
  • Conductor: William Eddins
  • Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (04/23/2007/04/24/2007)
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1613

>Schuman, William : A Song of Orpheus, fantasy for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
  • Conductor: William Eddins
  • Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (04/23/2007/04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1961

>Thomson, Virgil : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Yehuda Hanani (Cello)
  • Conductor: William Eddins
  • Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
  • Notes: National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland (04/23/2007/04/24/2007)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1950