American Classics - A Sampler

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American music is culturally diverse and exciting, mirroring all the best America has to offer. The last two centuries have seen an extraordinary flowering of musical life in the United States. In recognition of the many gifted American men and women of music, Naxos is pleased to present the American Classic Series.

When complete, this series will consist of over 200 titles, exploring the full spectrum of American concert music. All the familiar names are there: Copland, Ives, Grofé, Barber, and Sousa but so are many others such as: Bennett, Dédé, Foote, McKay, and Siegmeister all of whom have contributed to the rich musical tapestry that is American.

All of us at Naxos invite you to journey with us as we set out to discover America.

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Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 8559118

  • UPC: 636943911822

  • Label: Naxos

  • Composer: Arthur Foote, Charles Ives, Edward MacDowell, Ferde Grofé, George McKay, Howard Hanson, John Cage, John Philip Sousa, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Morton Gould, Philip Glass, Samuel Barber, Victor Herbert, Walter Piston, William Henry Fry, Zez Confrey

  • Conductor: Arthur Fagan, John McLaughlin Williams, Keith Brion, Kenneth Schermerhorn, Marin Alsop, Richard Rosenberg, Takuo Yuasa, Theodore Kuchar, Tony Rowe, William T. Stromberg

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava, Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Royal Artillery Band, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra

  • Performer: Adele Anthony, Boris Berman, Carol Ou, Eteri Andjaparidze, James Oliver Buswell, Kuo Yi-Chun Sunny, Michele Walsh, Olga Shylayeva, Randolph Kelly, Stephen Prutsman, Suzanne Ornstein, Thomas Schmidt


  1. Hands Across the Sea

    Composer: John Philip Sousa

    Ensemble: Royal Artillery Band

    Conductor: Keith Brion

  2. Dizzy Fingers

    Composer: Zez Confrey

    Performer: Eteri Andjaparidze (Piano)

  3. Mississippi Suite: Father of Waters

    Composer: Ferde Grofé

    Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: William T. Stromberg

  4. Tournament Galop, RO 264

    Composer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk

    Ensemble: Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Kuo Yi-Chun Sunny (Piano)

    Conductor: Richard Rosenberg

  5. From a Moonlit Ceremony: Evocation

    Composer: George McKay

    Ensemble: Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: John McLaughlin Williams

  6. Concerto for Violin: 1st movement

    Composer: Philip Glass

    Ensemble: Ulster Orchestra

    Performer: Adele Anthony (Violin)

    Conductor: Takuo Yuasa

  7. Melody for Violin and Piano, Op. 44

    Composer: Arthur Foote

    Performer: Suzanne Ornstein (Violin), Thomas Schmidt (Piano)

  8. Al Fresco

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra Bratislava

    Conductor: Keith Brion

  9. The Breaking Heart

    Composer: William Henry Fry

    Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    Conductor: Tony Rowe

  10. Symphony no 2: 1st movement, Andante moderato

    Composer: Charles Ives

    Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Kenneth Schermerhorn

  11. Stephen Foster Gallery: Camptown Races

    Composer: Morton Gould

    Ensemble: Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Theodore Kuchar

  12. Prelude for Meditation for Prepared Piano

    Composer: John Cage

    Performer: Boris Berman (Prepared Piano)

  13. Quintet for Flute and Strings: 1st movement, Allegro moderato grazioso

    Composer: Walter Piston

    Performer: James Oliver Buswell (Violin), Randolph Kelly (Viola), Carol Ou (Cello), Olga Shylayeva (Flute), Michele Walsh (Violin)

  14. Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

    Composer: Samuel Barber

    Ensemble: Royal Scottish National Orchestra

    Conductor: Marin Alsop

  15. Merry Mount, Op. 31: Suite - no 3, Love Duet

    Composer: Howard Hanson

    Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Kenneth Schermerhorn

  16. Fantasiestücke (2), Op. 17: no 2, Hexentanz

    Composer: Edward MacDowell

    Ensemble: National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland

    Performer: Stephen Prutsman (Piano)

    Conductor: Arthur Fagan