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William Schuman: On Freedom's Ground / Kammin, soparno; Herrera, baritone

Audio Samples

>Schuman, William : American Festival Overture, for orchestra
>Schuman, William : A Free Song, for chorus, baritone soloist & orchestra
>Schuman, William : Prelude for Voices, for women's chorus (also version for mixed chorus)
>Schuman, William : On Freedom's Ground, cantata for baritone, chorus & orchestra

Album Summary

>Schuman, William : American Festival Overture, for orchestra
>Schuman, William : A Free Song, for chorus, baritone soloist & orchestra
>Schuman, William : Prelude for Voices, for women's chorus (also version for mixed chorus)
>Schuman, William : On Freedom's Ground, cantata for baritone, chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The four compositions on this disc effectively portray both sides of William Schuman's musical personality - from the spirited energy of American Festival Overture and the uninhibited patriotic fervor of A Free Song to the much darker character of Prelude and the profoundly moving On Freedom's Ground. One of the 20th century America's most important composers and arts administrators, William Schuman (1910-1992) went from being a Tin Pan Alley song plugger to professor at Sarah Lawrence to president of Juilliard and finally, to president of Lincoln Center. With the exception of the oft-recorded American Festival Overture, these are world premiere recordings and represent the many sides of this extraordinarily creative musical mind.

"This terrific Albany... can lay claim to the first recording of Schuman’s most ambitious choral-orchestral work... the highlight of this release remains the 40-minute 1985 “American cantata” On Freedom’s Ground, which Schuman, in collaboration with the distinguished poet Richard Wilbur, created to celebrate the centenary of the Statue of Liberty... we have yet another invaluable Albany contribution to the documentation of American music." -Fanfare

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of (11/06/2010).



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Works Details

>Schuman, William : American Festival Overture, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia da Camera
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Schuman, William : A Free Song, for chorus, baritone soloist & orchestra
  • Performer: Ricardo Herrera (Voice)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Ensemble: University of Illinois Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 13 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Schuman, William : Prelude for Voices, for women's chorus (also version for mixed chorus)
  • Performer: Ingrid Kammin
  • Conductor: Fred Stoltzfus
  • Ensemble: University of Illinois Chamber Singers
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Schuman, William : On Freedom's Ground, cantata for baritone, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Ricardo Herrera (Voice)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia da Camera
  • Running Time: 40 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958