American Masters, Part II

February 4, 2013, 7:00 pm

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The second in a multi-week series celebrating American composers who began working in the first half of the 20th century.

Playlist

Episode 1

Charles T. Griffes: Poem For Flute and Orchestra
Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta; Carol Wincenc, flute
Naxos 8.559164
10:05

Charles T. Griffes: The White Peacock
Buffalo Philharmonic/Falletta
Naxos 8.559164
5:45

Charles T. Griffes: “Meeres Stille”
Thomas Hampson, baritone; Armen Guzelimian, piano
Teldec 72168
2:03

Wallingford Riegger: Dance Rhythms, Op. 58a
Eastman Rochester Philharmonic/Hanson
CRI 572
7:32

Wallingford Riegger: Wind Quintet
The New York Woodwind Quintet
New World 80285
6:46

William Grant Still: Suite for Violin and Piano
I. “African Dancer”
II. “Mother and Child”
III. “Gamin”
Clifford Panton, violin; Jason Alfred, piano
Centaur Records 2750
14:50

William Grant Still: Three Visions
Summerland (excerpt)
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin; Craig Ketter, piano
MSR 1278
1:39

Episode 2

George Antheil: A Jazz Symphony
Ensemble Modern
RCA 68066
6:35

William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony, II & III
Cincinnati Philharmonia/Jindong Cai
Centaur 2331
8:27

Ernst Bacon: Remembering Ansel Adams
Warsaw Philharmonic/Swoboda; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet
CRI 779
14:31

Harry Partch: Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales
“Study on Olympos’ Pentatonic”
John Schneider, guitar; Amy Shulman, harp
Bridge 9041
1:14

Harry Partch: 8 Hitchhiker Inscriptions from a Highway Railing at
Barstow, California
II. “Gentlemen”
III. “Considered Pretty”
IV. “A Very Good Idea”
John Schneider, baritone and adapted guitar
Bridge 9041
2:27

Harry Partch: Ulysses At The Edge Of The World
Gate 5 Ensemble
New World 80621
6:41

Louise Talma: Soundshots
“Quiet Time”, “A Heavy Load”, “Jumping High” 
Sahan Arzruni, pianno
New World 80590
3:22

Harry Partch:  Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales
“Study on Archytas’ Enharmonic”
John Schneider, guitar; Amy Shulman, harp
Bridge 9041
2:16

Episode 3

Marc Blitzstein: Concerto For Piano and Orchestra, I
Brooklyn Philharmonic/Foss; Barrett, piano
CRI 750
10:50

Marc Blitzstein: No For An Answer
“The Purest Kind of Guy” (Joe’s Birthday Song)
Paul Robeson, bass baritone
Sony 63223
3:25

Miriam Gideon: Eclogue for Flute and Piano
I. Lively and singing
Patricia Spencer, flute; David Oei, piano
New World 80393
2:35

Miriam Gideon: “She Weeps Over Rahoon”
William Sharp, baritone; Walter Hilse, piano
New World 80393
1:45

Elliott Carter: Elegy
Arditti Quartet
Montaigne 782010
3:51

Gian Carlo Menotti: The Medium
“Monica’s Waltz” 

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Levine; Renee Fleming, soprano
London 460579
5:42

Gian Carlo Menotti: Violin Concerto, II
Pacific Symphony Orchestra/Clark; Ruggiero Ricci, violin
Reference Recordings 45
7:38

Gian Carlo Menotti: Vanessa
“Must the Winter Come so Soon?”
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Slatkin; Susan Graham, mezzo soprano
Chandos 5032
2:34

Gian Carlo Menotti: Sebastian (excerpts)
I. Introduction
V. Sebastian’s Dance
II. Barcarolle
Spoleto Festival Orchestra/Hickox
Chandos 9900
8:38

Gian Carlo Menotti: Violin Concerto, I (excerpt)
Pacific Symphony Orchestra/Clark; Ruggiero Ricci, violin.
Reference Recordings 45
1:31

Episode 4

Irving Fine: Quartet for Strings
Adagio non troppo
Lydian String Quartet
Nonesuch 79175
3:18

Irving Fine: Childhood Fables for Grownups
III. “Lenny The Leopard”, “Dedicated to Leonard Bernstein”
IV. “The Frog And The Snake”, “Dedicated to Lukas Foss”
Yehudi Wyner, piano; Susan Davenny Wyner, soprano
CRI 574
3:48

Irving Fine: Partita
I. Allegro Moderato
II. Poco Vivace
III. Adagio
Boehm Quintet
Premier 1006
6:17

Norman Dello Joio: Meditations on Ecclesiastes
I. Largo
II. Theme, Adagio con sentimento (…a time to be born…)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Amos
Kleos 5119
6:03

Alan Hovhaness: Symphony No. 66, Hymn To Glacier Peak
I. Andante Maestoso
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Schwarz
Telarc 80604
9:10

Elie Siegmeister: Ten Minutes for Four Players
I. Moderately Tranquil
Boehm Quintette
Premier 1006
4:43

Kent Kennan: Night Soliloquy for Flute, Strings, and Piano
Czech National Symphony Orchestra/Freeman; Mary Stolper, flute
Cedille 90000046
3:59

Alwin Nikolais: Tribe: Dance 2
Alwin Nikolais, Moog synthesizer
CRI 651
2:59

John Cage: Dream
John Schneider, guitar; Amy Shulman, harp
Bridge 9041
6:46

Episode 5

David Diamond: The Enormous Room (Fantasia For Orchestra)
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Schwarz
Naxos 8.559157
15:31

David Diamond: Symphony No. 3
Allegro Vivo
Seattle Symphony Orchestra/Schwarz
Naxos 8.559155
5:58

David Diamond: Elegy in Memory of Maurice Ravel
Orchestra of St. Luke’s/John Adams
Nonesuch 79249
6:20

David Diamond: Partita for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano
II. Adagio espressivo
Michael Henoch, oboe; Bruce Grainger, bassoon;
Deborah Sobol, piano (Chicago Chamber Musicians)
Cedille 23
3:23

David Diamond: Prelude In C-Sharp Minor & Prelude In C Major
William Black, piano
New World Records 80508
2:39

David Diamond: Romeo and Juliet
Overture; Balcony Scene; Romeo and Friar Laurence;
Juliet and her Nurse
New York Chamber Orchestra/Schwarz
Delos 3103
14:04

David Diamond: Fugue in E minor (excerpt)
William Black, piano
New World Records 80508
1:05