American Classics - Herbert: Columbus Suite, Irish Rhapsody

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Here's a lovely disc for a rainy day. The Irish Rhapsody is a charmer, a delightful collection of good tunes very much in the tradition of late 19th-century Romantic nationalism (Dvorak's Slavonic Rhapsodies, Alfven's Swedish Rhapsodies, Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsodies, and Enescu's Romanian Rhapsodies are all cut from similar cloth). Selections from Natoma is the rather curious name that Herbert gave to the potpourri concert work derived from his eponymous opera, while the Auditorium Festival March lives up to the promise of its title: a rousing occasional piece that would grace any popular ceremony or holiday celebration. The most ambitious work here is the four-movement Columbus Suite, a musical depiction of the discovery of the New World. The quiet moments work best: the opening sunrise with its shimmering, harp-flecked strings, and the third movement 'Murmurs of the Sea', poetically rocked by a gentle clarinet solo. Elsewhere, the scoring (which includes organ) approaches the uncomfortably grandiose, though the closing pages have impact and don't outstay their welcome. Clearly there's more to Herbert than Babes in Toyland, and Keith Brion's conducting presents all of this music in a very positive light. Its solid craftsmanship and tuneful heartiness should make it many friends. - David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com



Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: 8559027


  • UPC: 636943902721


  • Label: Naxos


  • Composer: Victor Herbert


  • Conductor: Keith Brion


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra



Works:


  1. Auditorium Festival March

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  2. Irish Rhapsody

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  3. Natoma: Excerpt(s)

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion


  4. Columbus Suite, Op 35

    Composer: Victor Herbert

    Ensemble: Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Keith Brion