Antheil: Jazz Symphony & Other Works / Steffens, Dupree, Rheinland-Pfalz State Phil

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Trade Mark "Bad Boy" - After all the experimental episodes the audience has faced in the field of New Music in recent decades, today the oeuvre of George Antheil will be welcomed with a great deal of sympathy and many a friendly smile. The American knew full well not only how to meet the expectations of an audience "prepared to protest", but also how even to challenge them more overtly. An excellent example is the Jazz Symphony, written in 1925, shortly after George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, that bursting the limits of the customary listening experiences of teh age in a similar way to e.g. Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps of 1913.

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REVIEW:

Thanks in large part to Karl-Heinz Steffens’s interpretation, I’d argue that A Jazz Symphony, despite its blatant references to Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, are woven inextricably into the music’s narrative structure. Steffens underscores the work’s unifying characteristics rather than emphasizing its incongruities.

Pianist Frank Dupree’s finely chiseled performance in the First Piano Concerto maintains a tighter grip overall than any of his rivals.

– Gramophone


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: C5309


  • UPC: 845221053097


  • Label: Capriccio


  • Composer: George Antheil


  • Conductor: Karl-Heinz Steffens


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Performer: Adrian Brendle, Frank Dupree, Uram Kim



Works:


  1. A Jazz Symphony

    Composer: George Antheil

    Ensemble: Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Adrian Brendle (Piano), Frank Dupree (Piano), Uram Kim (Piano)

    Conductor: Karl-Heinz Steffens


  2. Concerto for Piano no 1

    Composer: George Antheil

    Ensemble: Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Frank Dupree (Piano)

    Conductor: Karl-Heinz Steffens


  3. Capital of the World

    Composer: George Antheil

    Ensemble: Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Karl-Heinz Steffens


  4. Archipelago

    Composer: George Antheil

    Ensemble: Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: Karl-Heinz Steffens