American Romantics, Vol. 2 / Blundell, Gowanus Arts Ensemble
“American Romantics II” is the second volume in a project initiated by conductor Reuben Blundell after he discovered several scores for string orchestra through the Fleischer Collection. These scores were all written by American composers during the last decades of the 19th century, both native born and recently immigrated. "American Romantics" presents the premiere recordings of these pieces, some of which draw on Americana melodies while others reflect the prevailing Central European compositional style of the day. Blundell’s recent release, “American Romantics, Volume I,” with the Gowanus Arts Ensemble, received glowing reviews, including Gramophone Magazine, and American Record Guide: “I was completely mesmerized by this lovely recording, one of the best I’ve heard in some time.” The album continues to be played regularly on WQXR and other stations across the US. He is a voting member of The Recording Academy (responsible for the GRAMMY Awards).
Catalog Number: FCR166B
Label: New Focus
Composer: Arthur Bird, Arthur Foote, Bernardus Boekelman, Charles Wakefield Cadman, Edgar Stillman Kelley, Ethelbert Nevin, Felix Borowski, George W. Chadwick, Louis Lombard, Martinus van Gelder, Paul Miersch, Stephen Collins Foster
Conductor: Reuben Blundell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Gowanus Arts Ensemble