American Masters, Part I

February 4, 2013, 7:00 pm

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The first of several weeks exploring great but lesser-known American composers from the 20th century. This week focuses on Howard Hanson, Walter Piston, Roger Sessions, Paul Creston, Ruth Crawford, Henry Cowell, Roy Harris, Virgil Thompson and William Grant Still.

Playlist

Episode 1

Hanson: Symphony #1 In E Minor,Nordic
I. Andante Solenne, Allegro Con Forza

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra/Hanson
Mercury 4756867
11:32

Hanson: Symphony #2, Op. 30,Romantic
II. Andante Con Tenerezza,
III. Allegro Con Brio

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra/Hanson
Mercury 432008
6:38, 7:17 (excerpt)

Hanson: Merry Mount Suite (excerpts)
Prelude To Act II and Maypole Dances

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra/Hanson
Mercury 4756867
6:39

Hanson: Piano Concerto
II. Allegro Molto Ritmico,
III. Andante Molto Espressivo
IV. Allegro Giocoso

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra/Hanson
Alfred Moledous, piano
Mercury 4756867
11:58

Hanson: Symphony No. 7,A Sea Symphony
I. Lo, The Unbounded Sea (Largamente)

Seattle Symphony Orchestra and Chorale/Schwarz
Delos 3705
3:23

Episode 2

Piston: Symphony No. 1: (excerpts)
New York Chamber Symphony/Schwarz
Delos 3126
:22, 1:07, 6:17

Piston: Symphony No. 4, I & II
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
Albany 256
10:47

Piston: Psalm & Prayer Of David- “O Sing Unto The Lord A
New Song”

Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Schwarz
Delos 3126
5:27

Piston: Divertimento, I & III
New York Chamber Ensemble
Albany 175
6:20

Piston: The Incredible Flutist (Ballet Suite)
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Schwarz; Goff, fl.
Delos 3126
17:47, :59

Episode 3

Sessions: Childhood Memories- March, Waltz For Brenda &
Scherzino

Arzruni, p.
New World Records 80590
2:52

Sessions: Suite From The Black Maskers- Dance & Scene
Julliard Orchestra/Zukovsky
New World Records 80368
12:13

Sessions: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, III & IV
Monadnock Festival Orchestra/Bolle; Ole Bohn, v.
Albany 938
4:46

Creston: Partita for Fl., Vln. & Strings, op.12- Tarantella
Seattle Symphony/Schwarz; Scott Goff, fl.; Ilkka Talvi, v.
Delos 3114
3:37

Creston: Symphony No.3, I (The Nativity)
Seattle Symphony /Schwarz
Delos 3114
9:32

Creston: Symphony No. 4, II
Albany Symphony Orchestra/Miller
Albany 737
6:33

Creston: String Quartet, Op. 8, II
The Hollywood String Quartet
Testament 1053
4:09

Paul Creston: Concerto #2 For Violin & Orchestra, Op. 78
IV. Presto
Albany Symphony Orchestra/Miller; Fulkerson, v.
Albany 737
5:51

Episode 4

Crawford: Diaphonic Suite #1 For Flute
Rosenfeld,fl.
Naxos 8.559197
2:18
Crawford: Music for Small Orchestra
Schoenberg Ensemble
Knussen DG 449925
2:31
Crawford: Andante for Strings
Schoenberg Ensemble
Knussen DG 449925
4:02
Crawford: Rissolty Rossolty
Schoenberg Ensemble
Knussen
DG 449925
2:55
Cowell: The Banshee
Cowell, p.
Smithsonian Folkways 40801
2:24
Cowell: Suite for Violin and Piano
Gearhart, v.; Tardif, p.
Koch 7268
12:09
Harris: Symphony No. 3 (1938)
New York Philharmonic/
Bernstein
DG 419780
18:31
Harris: American Ballads
The Bird & Black is the Color
Johanna Harris, piano
CRI 818
3:02

Episode 5

Thomson: Northeastern Suite(excerpt)
Smith, fl.; Cohen, ob.; Haroutunian, bsn.; Tommasini, p.
Northeastern 240
1:26
Thomson: Suite fr.The Plow That Broke the Plains
LA Chamber Orchestra/Marriner
EMI 06612
7:31
George Antheil: A Jazz Symphony, I
Ensemble Modern/Gruber
RCA 68066
6:32
Thomson, arr. Dushkin: Portraits for Piano, 1940
(excerpt)II. Tango Lullaby
Quint, v.; Wolfram, p.
Naxos 8.559364
2:15
Thomson: Portraits for Violin Solo (excerpt)
IV. Miss Gertrude Stein as a Young Lady
Quint, v.
Naxos 8.559364
1:47
Thomson: “Pigeons on the Grass Alas”
Sylvan, bar.; Tommasini, p.
Northeastern 240
3:18
Fine: “The Frog and the Snake”
Miller, ms.; Biltcliffe, p.
Vox 5129
1:21
Still: Frog Went A-Courtin’ & Jesus is a Rock in the Weary Land fr. Miniatures for Flute, Oboe & Piano
Shanley, fl.; Davis, p.; Christ, ob.
Crystal 321
3:44
Still: Suite for Violin and Piano
II. Mother and Child
Gearhart, v.; Tardif, p.
Koch 7268
6:54
Still: Three Visions
I. Dark Horseman
Hinderas, p.
CRI 629
1:16
Still: Three Visions
II. Summerland Hall
Thompkins, v.; Ketter, p.
MSR 1278
3:31
Duke Ellington: Come Sunday fr. Black, Brown and Beige
Duke Ellington Orchestra; Nance, v.
Sony 89281
5:49