American Masters, Part IV

July 23, 2014, 7:00 pm

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From the east coast to the west, American composers developed a singular identity in the 20th century that continues to energize and influence classical music. This week is dedicated to the not so popular American Composers such as John Alden Carpenter, Marion Bauer, and Randall Thompson. Bill investigates their family history, what drove them to compose, and what artistic journey they went on to expand music during their time. Join Bill this trip to the music library and sample everything from Carpenter’s wonky ballet, Krazy Cat, to Thompson’s choral takes on the poetry of Robert Frost.

Playlist

Episode 1

John Alden Carpenter: Krazy Kat
Los Angeles Philharmonic/Calvin Simmons
New World 80228
12:53

Marion Bauer: From the New Hampshire Woods, Op. 12
Virginia Eskin, piano
Albany 297
6:59

Carpenter: Adventures in a Perambulator
Nat’l SO of the Ukraine/John McLaughlin Williams
Naxos 8.559065
26:33

Episode 2

Marion Bauer: Prelude & Fugue for Flute & Strings:
I. Prelude
Vienna Orchestra/F. Charles Adler
CRI 714
5:46

John Alden Carpenter: Skyscrapers
London Symphony Orchestra/K. Klein
EMI 49263
1:20

John Alden Carpenter: Sea-Drift
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Kreuger
Bridge 9190
16:41

Edward Burlingame Hill: Stevensoniana Suite No. 1, Op. 24
II. Lullaby – Andante espressivo – The Land of Nod
III. Scherzo – Molto vivace – Where go the Boats

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Karl Kreuger
Bridge 9190
10:39

Randall Thompson: Frostiana
6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
7. The Telephone

Mormon Tabernacle Choir
MTC0005
7:25

Randall Thompson : Alleluia
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
MTC0005
5:56

Episode 3

Randall Thompson: Suite for Oboe, Clarinet & Viola
Peter Christ, oboe; David Atkins, clarinet; Alan de Veritch, viola
Crystal 321
15:49
Quincy Porter: Symphony No. 2, I & II
Sinfonia Varsovia/Ian Hobson
Albany 574
10:48
Quincy Porter: String Quartet No. 3, II & III
Chester String Quartet
Koch 7069
10:54
Quincy Porter: Speed Etude
Eliesha Nelson, viola; John McLaughlin Williams, piano
Sono Luminus 90911
2:26
Conlon Nancarrow: Study #3e: Boogie-Woogie Suite
Nancarrow/Charles Amirkhanian, player piano
Wergo 6907
2:26
Conlon Nancarrow: Prelude for Piano
Michel Legrand, piano
Apex 49576
2:30
Conlon Nancarrow: “Under the Bamboo Tree”
Joan Morris, mezzo soprano; William Bolcom, piano
Nonesuch 79148
3:51

Episode 4

Vittorio Giannini: Concerto Grosso- Allegro Con Brio
New Russia Orchestra/David Amos
Albany 143
3:12
Vittorio Giannini: Symphony No. 3, III & IV
Eastman Wind Ensemble/A. Clyde Roller
Mercury 434320
8:18
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Symphony In F-Sharp, Op. 40, II-IV
Philadelphia Orchestra/Franz Welser-Möst
EMI 56169
34:36, 1:06

Episode 5

Ernst Toch: Five Pieces for Winds and Percussion, Op. 83
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie
Virgin 45046
16:30
Toch: Symphony No. 3
Pittsburgh Symphony/Steinberg
EMI 65869
27:56
Toch: Geographical Fugue
Turtle Creek Chorale
Reference Recordings 61
2:52