American Classics - Explore America Vol 1

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In no single collection of any size could the incredible range and diversity of America’s contribution to music be appraised. The best of America’s composers have forged a unique compositional voice, employing musical elements native to their environment, while adapting and expanding the forms of their European predecessors and contemporaries. Some chose a more formal assimilation of the Great Masters, while others seemed to reject influence from across the Atlantic altogether, and fashioned instead a new and innovative music, often provocative and radical, in some cases without knowledge of European trends. Indeed, it may be said that a healthy spirit of independence and self-sufficiency, blended with a wide-ranging ancestral influence, is what defines Americans. With just a taste of several of the titles in the Naxos American Classics series, this collection of pieces does not attempt to encapsulate the diversity of American music; rather the series sheds light on some of its seminal moments, confirming the “classic” status of some of these works while uncovering some lesser-known surprises and encouraging the listener to explore America through the rich tapestry of American music.

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 8559187

  • UPC: 636943918722

  • Label: Naxos

  • Composer: Aaron Copland, Alan Hovhaness, Charles Ives, Charles Wakefield Cadman, Ferde Grofé, Florence Beatrice Price, George McKay, Gloria Coates, Irving Berlin, John Alden Carpenter, John Philip Sousa, Leo Ornstein, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Torke, Ned Rorem, Samuel Barber

  • Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies, James Sinclair, John McLaughlin Williams, Keith Brion, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Marin Alsop, Paul Gambill, William T. Stromberg

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Bergonzi String Quartet, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Chestnut Brass Company, Kreutzer String Quartet, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Artillery Band, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra

  • Performer: Carole Farley, Colin Currie, Darryl Taylor, James Oliver Buswell, Janice Weber, János Starker, Maria Corley, Ned Rorem, William Bolcom