Americana: Siegmeister, Ives, Copland, Gould & Sousa

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This appealing collection brings together some well-known gems from the Vox catalogue in one enticing package. The Johanos/Dallas recordings of Ives' Holidays Symphony and Copland...
This appealing collection brings together some well-known gems from the Vox catalogue in one enticing package. The Johanos/Dallas recordings of Ives' Holidays Symphony and Copland ballet suites (Billy the Kid and Rodeo) have long been admired for their idiomatic naturalness both of performance and sound. Elie Siegmeister's Western Suite fits right in, being a thoroughly Copland-esque bit of Americana, albeit more heavily orchestrated and less rhythmically lithe, and its issue on a single disc probably missed most collectors. Abravanel's performance catches the music's liveliness, while the playing as such remains a bit rough-and-ready. Lukas Foss leads a suitably grand recording of A Lincoln Portrait dating from 1970, ably narrated by Dennis Rooney, and Erich Kunzel provides the icing on the cake in the form of Morton Gould's American Salute (a.k.a. "When Johnny Comes Marching Home") and a selection of Sousa bonbons that goes beyond the usual marches to include a waltz, tango, polonaise, and foxtrot. A marvelous bargain by any measure.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com


Product Description:


  • Release Date: January 01, 2002


  • UPC: 047163518225


  • Catalog Number: CDX-5182


  • Label: Vox Special Products


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Composer: Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, Elie Siegmeister, John Philip Sousa, Morton Gould


  • Conductor: Donald Johanos, Erich Kunzel, Lukas Foss, Maurice Abravanel


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra


  • Performer: Dennis D. Rooney



Works:


  1. Western Suite

    Composer: Elie Siegmeister

    Ensemble: Utah Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Maurice Abravanel


  2. Holidays

    Composer: Charles Ives

    Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Donald Johanos


  3. Lincoln Portrait

    Composer: Aaron Copland

    Ensemble: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

    Performer: Dennis D. Rooney (Spoken Vocals)

    Conductor: Lukas Foss


  4. Fanfare for the common man

    Composer: Aaron Copland

    Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Donald Johanos


  5. Billy the Kid: Suite

    Composer: Aaron Copland

    Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Donald Johanos


  6. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

    Composer: Aaron Copland

    Ensemble: Dallas Symphony Orchestra

    Conductor: Donald Johanos


  7. American Salute

    Composer: Morton Gould

    Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops

    Conductor: Erich Kunzel


  8. Stars and Stripes Forever

    Composer: John Philip Sousa

    Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops

    Conductor: Erich Kunzel


  9. La Reine de la Mer

    Composer: John Philip Sousa

    Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops

    Conductor: Erich Kunzel


  10. Gliding Girl

    Composer: John Philip Sousa

    Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops

    Conductor: Erich Kunzel


  11. Thunderer

    Composer: John Philip Sousa

    Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops

    Conductor: Erich Kunzel


  12. Washington Post

    Composer: John Philip Sousa

    Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops

    Conductor: Erich Kunzel


  13. Peaches and Cream

    Composer: John Philip Sousa

    Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops

    Conductor: Erich Kunzel


  14. Presidential Polonaise

    Composer: John Philip Sousa

    Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops

    Conductor: Erich Kunzel


  15. Semper Fidelis

    Composer: John Philip Sousa

    Ensemble: Cincinnati Pops

    Conductor: Erich Kunzel