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American Masters, Part VI

Join us this week as we continue our investigation of composers in America. Our first episodes began at the turn of the 20th century and over the years we have worked our way to composers who were active in the time of Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and beyond.  You’ll hear all the usual suspects (Copland, Gershwin, Stravinsky, and Schoenberg), but we’ll also weave in beautiful and intriguing music from Peter Menin, Augustus Hailstork, Charles Wuorinen, Terry Riley, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Joan Tower, Charlie Parker, and, yes, Fats Domino. And we’ll end the week with rich, elegiac symphonic work from George Walker, the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize. 

 
Program 1

Copland: Symphony #3 - 4. Molto Deliberato, Allegro Risoluto - excerpt
Leonard Bernstein: New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Aaron Copland - Symphony No. 3 Quiet City
DG 419170-2
4:10

 

George Walker: Serenata
Chicago Sinfonietta/ Paul Freeman
African Heritage Symphonic Series, Vol II
Cedille CDR 90000 061
0:59 - excerpt

Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957): Violin Concerto In D, Op. 35 -
1. Moderato Nobile

Jascha Heifetz; Alfred Wallenstein: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Heifetz - Korngold: Concerto - Ròzsa: Concerto Tema con Variazioni
- Waxman: “Carmen” Fantasy
RCA Victor Gold Seal 09026-61752-2
7:55

Arnold Schoenberg: Phantasy For Violin And Piano, Op. 47 - excerpt
Lucille Chung, Ian Swensen
Music@Menlo Live - 5 Through Brahms
2011
2:03

Persichetti, Vincent (1915-1987)  Serenade No. 5 for Orchestra, Op. 43:
1. Prelude: Heavily
2. Poem: Quietly
3. Interlude: Simply
4. Capriccio: Brightly
5. Dialogue: Delicately

Robert Whitney: Louisville Orchestra
First Edition FECD 0034
1:20, 2:02, 1:23, 1:44, 1:57

Igor Stravinsky: Ebony Concerto
Woody Herman and The First Heard at Carnegie Hall, 1946
Stravinsky / Milhaud - Woody Herman & Orchestra
Everest EVC 9049
3:50

Charlie Parker: Ornithology
Charlie Parker Quintet
Charlie Parker Quintet Broadcast Birdland NYC 30 June 1950
Live and Private Recordings in Chronological Order
3:06

Stan Kenton: Artistry in Rhythm
Stan Kenton & his Orchestra
Artistry in Rhythm
Capitol Records H 167
3:18

George Gershwin: I Loves You, Porgy
Miles Davis with orchestra under Gil Evans
Porgy And Bess
CBS PC 8085
4:06

Fats Domino: I'm Walkin'
Fats Domino
The Fats Domino Jukebox 20 Greatest Hits
EMI 72435 37600
2:08

Elvis Presley: Mystery Train
Elvis Presley
Elvis At Sun (Remastered)
RCA 82876 61308
2:29

Lou Harrison: Main Bersama-Sama
Gamelan Sekar Kembar & Scott L. Hartman
Chamber & Gamelan Works
New World Records 80643
7:22

 

 

Program 2

Romeo Cascarino: Blades of Grass
JoAnn Falletta & Philadelphia Philharmonia
American Classics - Romeo Cascarino
Naxos 8559266
7:23

Peter Mennin: Symphony #5 - 1. Con Sdegno
Howard Hanson: Eastman-Rochester Orchestra
Hanson Conducts Ives, Schuman, Mennin
Mercury 432 755-2
4:45

Benjamin Lees: Violin Concerto
II. Adagio
III. Allegro Giusto

Ruggiero, Violin; American Symphony Orchestra; Kazuyoshi Akiyama
The American - American Concertos - Composers Series
7:48, 5:33

Adolphus Hailstork: Epitaph for a Man Who Dreamed
Chicago Sinfonietta/ Paul Freeman
African Heritage Symphonic Series, Vol II
Cedille CDR 90000 061
7:42

Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air, for electric piano, dumbak & tambourines
Terry Riley
A Rainbow in Curved Air
Esoteric Recordings #ECLEC 2306
18:39

 
Program 3

Ulysses Kay: Overture To Theater Set
Chicago Sinfonietta/ Paul Freeman
African Heritage Symphonic Series, Vol II
Cedille CDR 90000 061
4:35

Robert Starer Concerto For Viola, Strings & Percussion
I.Andante Mosso
II. Presto leggiero
III. Lento leading to
IV. Molto allegro

Ruggiero, Violin; American Symphony Orchestra; Kazuyoshi Akiyama
The American - American Concertos - Composers Series
7:47, 5:45, 11:29

Lee Hoiby: Winter Song & In The Wand Of The Wind
Leontyne Price, David Garvey
Price reDiscovered
RCA VIctor 902663908
1:07

Hoiby: Songs Of Innocence - The Lamb
Nathan Gunn, Kevin Murphy
American Anthem
EMI 73160
3:09

Adolphus Hailstork: An American Port of Call
Chicago Sinfonietta/ Paul Freeman
African Heritage Symphonic Series, Vol II
Cedille CDR 90000 061
8:38

Morton Gould: American Symphonette #2 - Pavane
Leonard Slatkin: St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
The American Album
RCA Victor Red Seal 60778-2 RC
3:14

Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: Concerto Grosso
James Sedares-Louisville Orchestra-John Mack
Zwilich: Oboe Concerto/ Symphony No.3/ Concerto Grosso
Koch 3-7278-2
3:29

 
Program 4

Svoboda, Tomas: Overture of the Season, Op. 89
Oregon Symphony - James DePriest
Orchestral Works by Tomas Svoboda
Albany Troy 604
8:50

Charles Wuorinen: Piano Concerto No. 3 Allegro Giusto
Garrick Ohlsson. SFSO, Michael Tilson Thomas
The Golden Dance - Piano Concerto No. 3
Elekta Nonesuch 9 79185 2
6:25

Richard Danielpour: Cello Concerto -
I. Invocation (Arioso), I. Profanation - excerpt

Yo-Yo Ma; David Zinman: Philadelphia Orchestra
Yo-Yo Ma: Premieres
Sony SK 66299
9:19, 0:19

Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: Oboe Concerto-Symphony
James Sedares-Louisville Orchestra-John Mack
Zwilich: Oboe Concerto/ Symphony No.3/ Concerto Grosso
Koch 3-7278-2
17:15

Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: Concerto Grosso:
1 Maestoso

James Sedares-Louisville Orchestra-John Mack
Zwilich: Oboe Concerto/ Symphony No.3/ Concerto Grosso
Koch 3-7278-2
2:39

Schwantner, Joseph: A Sudden Rainbow
Andrew Litton: Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Schwantner: Angelfire - September Canticle
Hyperion CDA 67493
13:08

John Harbison: The Most Often Used Chords -
1 Toccata

David Alan Miller: Albany Symphony Orchestra
John Harbison - Symphony No. 3
Troy 390
4:36

Peter Lieberson: The Ocean Has No East And No West,
Pastorale in loving memory of Toru Takemitsu

Peter Serkin
The Ocean that has no West and no East
Koch 3-7450-2
4:39

 
Program 5

Lukas Foss: American Landscapes -
1. Flow & Free

Sharon Isbin; Hugh Wolff: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Sharon Isbin American Landscapes
Virgin CLassics CDC 55083
8:18

Christopher Rouse: Flute Concerto -
1. Anhran

Carol Wincenc; Christoph Eschenbach: Houston Symphony Orchestra
Rouse: Symphony No 2 - Flute Concerto - Phaethon
Telarc CD 80452
4:17

Joan Tower: Concerto For Orchestra - Part 1 & 2
Leonard Slatkin: Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Tower: Made In America
Naxos 8.559328
0:44, 13:01

George Walker: Lyrics for Strings
Chicago Sinfonietta/ Paul Freeman
African Heritage Symphonic Series, Vol II
Cedille CDR 90000 061
6:15

George Walker Lilacs: I. Eighth note = 56
Sinfonia Da Camera, Ian Hobson & Albert Lee
George Walker Great American Orchestral Works Vol. 4
Albany Troy 1430
4:07

George Walker: Folk Songs For Orchestra
I. Going to lay down my sword and shield
II. And they crucified my Lord
III. My Lord, what a morning
IV. O Peter, go ring dem bells

Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Edwin London, conductor
George Walker - Orchestral Works
Troy 270
4:04, 1:51, 3:33, 2:08

George Walker: Serenata
Chicago Sinfonietta/ Paul Freeman
African Heritage Symphonic Series, Vol II
Cedille CDR 90000 061
2:22 - excerpt

 

 

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