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Moross: Frankie & Johnny; Biguine; Flute Concerto; A Tall Story for Orchestra / Alexa Still, flute; JoAnn Falletta

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>Moross, Jerome : Frankie and Johnny, ballet
>Moross, Jerome : Biguine, for orchestra
>Moross, Jerome : A Tall Story for orchestra
>Moross, Jerome : Concerto for flute & string orchestra

Album Summary

>Moross, Jerome : Frankie and Johnny, ballet
>Moross, Jerome : Biguine, for orchestra
>Moross, Jerome : A Tall Story for orchestra
>Moross, Jerome : Concerto for flute & string orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

2013 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jerome Moross, an American original. Best known for his outstanding motion picture scores, he considered himself primarily a composer of concert music and this recording, originally released by Koch, demonstrates his considerable contribution to American music. Writing for the theatre remained Moross' first love as a composer. Frankie and Johnny, written in 1938, was one of a number of works he wrote for this medium. The recording spans his compositional output from his earliest work, Biguine, written in 1934, to his last completed work, Concerto for Flute and String Orchestra, written in 1978.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
Frankie & Johnny (1938) is a brief (20- minute) ballet on the classic tune, sung here by a trio of sopranos acting as a Greek chorus. Moross sets the action with suitably brash prewar intensity, presaging the theater works of Bernstein. Orchestration is skillful, as you'd expect from an accomplished film composer who was close friends with Bernard Herrmann. The Flute Concerto (1978), with string orchestra, is the composer's final major work. Light and airy, the easily hummable tunes of the exposition. Biguine (1934) (spelling Moross's own) is a catchy version of the dance, originally written for an earlier ballet. It precedes A Tall Story (1938), a nine-minute tone poem on the subject of the American West. I recall a similar experience, as so many Easterners do, so this is an amusing. Ms Still and the three singers in the ballet are all excellent, and the New Zealand orchestra is a vast improvement over the decrepit American Recording Society band. I again salute Ms Falletta for unearthing this material. Meticulous notes by Charles Greenwell. Ballet text included.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Symphony House, Wellington, New Zealand (01/1996).



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Works Details

>Moross, Jerome : Frankie and Johnny, ballet
  • Performers: Amanda Winfield (Voice); Ursula Allen (Voice); Wendy Thomson (Voice)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1938

>Moross, Jerome : Biguine, for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Moross, Jerome : A Tall Story for orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 9 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Moross, Jerome : Concerto for flute & string orchestra
  • Performer: Alexa Still (Flute)
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Running Time: 23 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1978