Griffes: The Pleasure Dome / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic

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Charles Tomlinson Griffes only lived 35 years; his death in 1920 cut short one of the most promising careers in American music. During his short...

Charles Tomlinson Griffes only lived 35 years; his death in 1920 cut short one of the most promising careers in American music. During his short life span he created a collection of short, rhapsodic works that are full of color and romantic adventure.

The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla-Khan is best known in its orchestrated version, expanded and altered somewhat from the original piano composition. It is a lush, lyrical, and dramatic work whose exotic melodies exude Middle-Eastern and Oriental influences. Of the other compositions, the Piece in D minor, from 1915, stands out. Elegant, impassioned impressionism reigns in this engaging work, and it certainly deserves wider recognition.

Though the rest of the pieces on the CD are all worth hearing, the early transcription for two pianos of the Hansel and Gretel overture is most impressive.

As performed here, it is one of the most charming duo-piano pieces in the repertoire. Michael Lewin plays the rest of the program with passion and precision, though his interpretations lack that last measure of urgency given by James Tocco on Gasparo.  The recorded sound is exemplary, using 24-bit technology for the highest resolution.

--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com



Product Description:


  • Release Date: April 01, 2004


  • UPC: 636943916421


  • Catalog Number: 8559164


  • Label: Naxos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: 20th Century


  • Composer: Charles Tomlinson Griffes


  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra


  • Performer: Barbara Quintiliani, Carol Wincenc



Works:


  1. Roman Sketches (4), Op. 7: no 1, White Peacock

    Composer: Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: JoAnn Falletta


  2. Poems (3), Op. 11: The Lament of Ian the Proud

    Composer: Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Barbara Quintiliani (Soprano)

    Conductor: JoAnn Falletta


  3. Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan, Op. 8

    Composer: Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: JoAnn Falletta


  4. Poem for Flute and Orchestra

    Composer: Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Carol Wincenc (Flute)

    Conductor: JoAnn Falletta


  5. Bacchanale

    Composer: Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: JoAnn Falletta


  6. Roman Sketches (4), Op. 7: no 4, Clouds

    Composer: Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: JoAnn Falletta


  7. Tone Pictures (3) for Piano, Op. 5

    Composer: Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Conductor: JoAnn Falletta