American Masters, Part V

July 30, 2019, 7:00 pm

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The American Masters series examines composers who forged our Nationalist identity in the 20th century, and who continue to energize and influence classical music today. While we have had other series dedicated to Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and Duke Ellington, American Masters is our opportunity to spend time with a more diverse collection of composers. This fifth installment of the series focuses on composers born in the years before the First World War, musical trailblazers, such as Henry Brant, Lukas Foss, Robert Russell Bennett, Peter Mennin, George Perle, Ned Rorem, and Jerome Moross.


Episode 1

Mary Howe: Sand, Stars
Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Strickland
CRI 785

Robert Russell Bennett: Violin Concerto
I. Allegro Moderato, II. Andante Moderato, III. Vivace
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Hermann; Louis Kaufman, violin
Cambria 1078

Robert Russell Bennett: Hexapoda
Robert Russell Bennett, piano
Louis Kaufman, violin
Cambria 1078

Jerome Moross: Symphony No. 1
I. Theme and Variation, III. Invention, IV. Fugue
London Symphony Orchestra/Falletta
Albany 1403

Jerome Moross: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Mississippi, Finale (excerpt)
City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra/Bateman
Silva 161
3:15, 3:24

Episode 2

Robert Ward: Appalachian Ditties and Dances
“A Lorn One, Grievin’”
Stephen Ships, violin; Eric Larsen, piano
Chamber Music of America
Albany 323

Robert Ward: The Crucible
I. Beginning; II. Gently, Sirs, Gently;  III. Jesus, My Consolation
NYC Opera/Buckley
Albany 25-6

Robert Ward: Concerto for Violin & Orchestra
I.Moderato-Allegro; II.Blues, III; Allegro Spiritosa
Winston Salem Symphony Orchestra/Perret; Sarah Johnson, violin
Albany 126

Robert Ward: Echoes of America
Jimmy Gilmore, clarinet; Elizabeth Bellman, violin; John Ruggero, piano
Chamber Music of America
Albany 323

Episode 3

Elliott Carter and Charles Rosen in Conversation
Bridge 9090
1:08, 1:52

Elliott Carter: Pastoral for Clarinet and Piano
Chicago Pro Musica
Cedille 48

Elliott Carter: Three Poems of Robert Frost
I. “Dust of Snow”, II. “The Rose Family”, III. “The Line-Gang”
Lucy Shelton, soprano; John Constable, piano
Koch International Classics 7425
1:20, 1:15, 2:14

Elliott Carter: Symphony of Three Orchestras
New York Philharmonic/Boulez
Sony 301333

Elliott Carter: Elegy
Arditti String Quartet
Naive 82139

William Bergsma: Violin Concerto, II.
Polish Radio and TV Orchestra/Zdzislav Szostak
Edward Statkiewicz, violin
Vox Box CDX 5158

Lukas Foss: Early Song
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Ozawa
Itzhak Perlman, violin
EMI 5 55360 2

Episode 4

Henry Brant: Angels & Devils – III.
New York Flute Club/Brant; Frederick Wilkins, flute
New World Records 80636

Henry Brant: All Souls Carnival
I. Overture

Boston Musica Viva/Pittman
Phoenix USA 174

Henry Brant: Mass in Gregorian Chant for Multiple Flutes
New York Flute Club/Aitken
New World Records 80636

Henry Brant: Hommage aux Frères Marx  – Three Faithful Portraits
I.Chico, II.Groucho, III.Harpo
Boston Musica Viva/Pittman
Phoenix USA 174

Charles Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2, “Concord, Mass., 1840-60” (arr. H Brant)
III. The Alcotts
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra/Davies
Innova 414

Henry Brant: On the Nature of Things, After Lucretius
Louisville Orchestra/Mester

Henry Brant: Jazz Clarinet Concerto
Netherlands Wind Ensemble/Herbers; Meertens, clarinet
Innova 415

Henry Brant: Jazz Toccata on a Bach Theme
Henry Brant, Gerrit Hommerson, pianos
Innova 415

Episode 5

Ned Rorem: Look Down, Fair Moon (W. Whitman)
Donald Gramm, baritone; Ned Rorem, piano
CRI 657

Ned Rorem: Bright Music
I.Fandango, II.Pierrot, III.Dance-Song-Dance, IV.Another Dream, V.Chopin
Andre-Michel Schub, piano; Fred Sherry, cello; Ani Kavafian, violin; Ida Kavafian, violin; Marya Martin, flute
New World Records 80416

Ned Rorem: Symphony #3
I. Passacaglia (excerpt), II.Allegro Molto Vivace,
III.Largo, IV.Andante, V.Allegro Molto
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Serebrier
Naxos 8559149
(3:46) 17:43

Ned Rorem: Air Music – X. All Players
Louisville Orchestra/Leonard

Ned Rorem: The Serpent (T. Roethke)
Susan Graham, mezzo soprano; Malcolm Martineau, piano
Erato 80222