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American Music - Adams, Gershwin, Bernstein, Ellington, Ives, Carter, etc / Sir Simon Rattle, London PO, et al

Album Summary

>Adams, John : Harmonielehre
>Adams, John : The Chairman Dances
>Adams, John : Tromba Lontana, fanfare for orchestra
>Adams, John : Short Ride in a Fast Machine, fanfare for orchestra
>Ives, Charles : New England Holidays Symphony
>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
>Carter, Elliott : A Celebration of some 100 x 150 notes, for orchestra
>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life
>Bernstein, Leonard : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
>Strayhorn, Billy : Take the A Train
>Ellington, Duke : You're the One, song
>Ellington, Duke : Sophisticated Lady, musical
>Ellington, Duke : Harlem
>Ellington, Duke : Isfahan, song
>Ellington, Duke : Ad Lib on Nippon, song
>Henderson, Luther : That Doo-wah Thing (after Ellington & Mills
>Ellington, Duke : Something to Live For, song
>Ellington, Duke : Come Sunday
>Ellington, Duke : Solitude
>Ellington, Duke : Maybe Someday, song
>Ellington, Mercer : Things Ain't What They Used To Be
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Gershwin, George : Funny Face
>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
>Creamer, Henry : After You've Gone, song
>Ernie Erdman / Billy Meye : Nobody's Sweetheart
>Young, Victor : Sweet Sue (Just You)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

American classical composers often get unfairly overshadowed by their European counterparts, and a great deal of powerful, groundbreaking new music has passed under the radar as a result. Simon Rattle has shown a great commitment to bring this music into the public eye, and his recordings on this 7-CD set with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta go a long way toward achieving this goal. Together, Rattle and these orchestras cut to the heart of the minimalism of John Adams, the stylish elegance of Leonard Bernstein, and the cool jazz of George Gershwin and Duke Ellington.



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Works Details

>Adams, John : Harmonielehre
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 40 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984-1985

>Adams, John : The Chairman Dances
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Adams, John : Tromba Lontana, fanfare for orchestra
  • Performers: Wesley Warren (Trumpet); Jonathan Holland (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

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

>Ives, Charles : New England Holidays Symphony :: New England Holidays (Holidays Symphony), for orchestra, S. 5 (K. 1A4)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (07/09/1995-07/15/1995)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1917-1919

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue :: Opening
  • Performer: Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (07/09/1995-07/15/1995)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Carter, Elliott : A Celebration of some 100 x 150 notes, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (07/09/1995-07/15/1995)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1986

>Bernstein, Leonard : Symphonic Dances from West Side Story :: Mambo
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (07/09/1995-07/15/1995)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Bernstein, Leonard : Story of my life
  • Performers: Kimberly Cobb (Voice); Michael Dore (Double Bass); Melanie Marshall (Mezzo Soprano); Kim Criswell (Soprano); Karl Daymond (Baritone); Robert Fardell (Voice); Audra McDonald (Soprano); Brent Barrett (Voice); Timothy Robinson (Tenor); Lynton Atkinson (Tenor); Rodney Gilfrey (Voice); Thomas Hampson (Voice); Simone Sauphanor (Voice)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (06/09/1998-06/11/1998)
  • Running Time: 58 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Bernstein, Leonard : Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
  • Performer: Michael Collins (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CTS Studio, Wembley, England (12/30/1986/01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Strayhorn, Billy : Take the A Train
  • Performers: Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Regina Carter (Violin); Bobby Watson (Violin); Geri Allen (Piano); John Barclay (Trumpet); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Clark Terry (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Ellington, Duke : You're the One, song
  • Performers: John Barclay (Trumpet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Bobby Watson (Oboe); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Regina Carter (Violin); Lewis Nash (Drums); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Sophisticated Lady, musical :: [Excerpt]
  • Performers: Bobby Watson (Violin); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Geri Allen (Piano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Regina Carter (Violin); John Barclay (Trumpet); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Clark Terry (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Harlem
  • Performers: Richard Sampson (Oboe); Lewis Nash (Drums); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Geri Allen (Piano); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Regina Carter (Violin); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Bobby Watson (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Ellington, Duke : Isfahan, song
  • Performers: Clark Terry (Trumpet); Bobby Watson (Piano); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); John Barclay (Trumpet); Regina Carter (Violin); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Geri Allen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Ad Lib on Nippon, song
  • Performers: Lewis Nash (Drums); Regina Carter (Violin); Bobby Watson (Violin); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Geri Allen (Piano); Clark Terry (Trumpet); John Barclay (Trumpet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Colin Parr (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Henderson, Luther : That Doo-wah Thing (after Ellington & Mills :: It Don't Mean a Thing)
  • Performers: Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Geri Allen (Piano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Bobby Watson (Bassoon); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Regina Carter (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Something to Live For, song
  • Performers: Richard Sampson (Oboe); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Geri Allen (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Bobby Watson (Violin); Regina Carter (Violin); Clark Terry (Trumpet); John Barclay (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Duke : Come Sunday
  • Performers: Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Lewis Nash (Drums); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Geri Allen (Piano); John Barclay (Trumpet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Regina Carter (Violin); Bobby Watson (Violin)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Ellington, Duke : Solitude
  • Performers: Colin Parr (Clarinet); Geri Allen (Piano); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Regina Carter (Violin); Bobby Watson (Violin); Clark Terry (Trumpet); John Barclay (Trumpet); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Richard Sampson (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Ellington, Duke : Maybe Someday, song
  • Performers: Richard Sampson (Oboe); Regina Carter (Violin); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Lewis Nash (Drums); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Clark Terry (Trumpet); Bobby Watson (Violin); Geri Allen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ellington, Mercer : Things Ain't What They Used To Be
  • Performers: Lena Horne (Mezzo Soprano); Bobby Watson (Piano); Joe Lovano (Tenor Saxophone); Joshua Redman (Tenor Saxophone); Lewis Nash (Drums); Geri Allen (Piano); Regina Carter (Violin); Colin Parr (Clarinet); Richard Sampson (Oboe); Andrew Barnell (Bassoon); John Barclay (Trumpet); Clark Terry (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Symphony Hall, Birmingham, England (11/15/1999-11/17/1999)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
  • Performers: Raemond Martin (Tenor); Colenton Freeman (Tenor); Harolyn Blackwell (Voice); Gregg Baker (Baritone); Ritchie Pitts (Soprano); Damon Evans (Tenor); Ted Maynard (Spoken Vocals); Wayne Marshall [Piano/Organ] (Organ); Camellia Johnson (Soprano); Willard White (Voice); Billy Mitchell (Spoken Vocals); Curtis Watson (Voice); Barrington Coleman (Tenor); William Johnson (Baritone); Autris Paige (Tenor); Blair Wilson (Tenor); Michael Forest (Tenor); Paula Ingram (Mezzo Soprano); Coleman Barrington (Voice); Cynthia Clarey (Soprano); Cynthia Haymon (Soprano); Alan Tilvern (Spoken Vocals); Jim Malary (Soprano); Hyacinth Nicholls (Mezzo Soprano); Mervin Wallace (Tenor); Marietta Simpson (Mezzo Soprano); Ron Travis (Spoken Vocals); Anne Fridal (Mezzo Soprano); Johnny Worthy (Tenor); Bruce Hubbard (Baritone); Maureen Braithwaite (Voice); Linda Thompson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: London Sinfonietta
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (11/08/1998-11/19/1988)
  • Running Time: 70 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Gershwin, George : Rhapsody in Blue
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Gershwin, George : Funny Face
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (12/22/1990-12/23/1990)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Gershwin, George : Concerto for Piano in F major
  • Performer: Peter Donohoe (Piano)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick (10/04/1990-10/06/1990)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1925

>Creamer, Henry : After You've Gone, song
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CTS Studio, Wembley, England (12/30/1986/01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Ernie Erdman / Billy Meye : Nobody's Sweetheart
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CTS Studio, Wembley, England (12/30/1986/01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Young, Victor : Sweet Sue (Just You)
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: CTS Studio, Wembley, England (12/30/1986/01/01/1987)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928