American Masters, Part VI

July 23, 2014, 7:00 pm

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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.

Playlist

Episode 5

Lukas Foss: American Landscapes 
1. Flow & Free

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

Christopher Rouse: Flute Concerto
1. Anhran

Houston Symphony Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach
Carol Wincenc, flute
Rouse: Symphony No 2 – Flute Concerto – Phaethon
Telarc CD 80452
4:17

Joan Tower: Concerto For Orchestra – Part 1 & 2
Nashville Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
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

Episode 1

Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3
4. Molto Deliberato, Allegro Risoluto – excerpt

New York Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
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: Violin Concerto In D, Op. 35
1. Moderato Nobile

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Alfred Wallenstein
Jascha Heifetz, violin
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, piano; Ian Swensen, violin
[email protected] Live – 5 Through Brahms
2011
2:03

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

Louisville Orchestra/Robert Whitney
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 and 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

Episode 2

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

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

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

American Symphony Orchestra/Kazuyoshi Akiyama
Ruggiero Ricci, violin
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

Episode 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 and Percussion
I.Andante Mosso
II. Presto leggiero
III. Lento leading to
IV. Molto allegro

American Symphony Orchestra; Kazuyoshi Akiyama
Ruggiero Ricci, violin
The American – American Concertos – Composers Series
7:47, 5:45, 11:29

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

Lee Hoiby: Songs Of Innocence; “The Lamb”
Nathan Gunn, baritone; Kevin Murphy, piano
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 No. 2, Pavane
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin
The American Album
RCA Victor Red Seal 60778-2 RC
3:14

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

Episode 4

Tomas Svoboda: 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
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
The Golden Dance – Piano Concerto No. 3
Elekta Nonesuch 9 79185 2
6:25

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

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

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

Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Concerto Grosso:
I. Maestoso

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

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

John Harbison: The Most Often Used Chords
I. Toccata

Albany Symphony Orchestra/David Alan Miller
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, piano
The Ocean that has no West and no East
Koch 3-7450-2
4:39