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American Symphonies


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When American composers began writing symphonies around the mid-1800s, their works were very much in the European tradition. During the first half of the 20th century, the great innovator Charles Ives injected a recognizably American sound into the genre, however, and since then the American symphonic legacy has been both wide and varied. With the present release, conductor Lance Friedel strikes a blow for three fellow American composers, with the help of the eminent London Symphony Orchestra. The album opens with Walter Piston’s Symphony No. 6. It was completed in 1955, by which time many regarded Piston (1894–1976) as clinging to tradition in the face of modernism. When Samuel Jones (b.1935) presented his Third Symphony ‘Palo Duro Canyon’ in 1992, the pendulum was swinging back, however, and traditional music built of melody, harmony and rhythm was no longer considered hopelessly outdated. The work nevertheless begins in a rather non-traditional fashion with the recorded sound of the wind of the Texas plains, where the Palo Duro Canyon is situated. Jones’s slightly younger colleague Stephen Albert (1941–92) was just completing his Second Symphony when he was killed in a car accident. The work had been commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, and the orchestration of it was completed by Albert’s colleague and friend Sebastian Currier.
Facts
Item number BIS-2118
Barcode 7318599921181
Release date 7/6/2018
Category Orchestral
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Friedel, Lance
Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
Symphony No. 600:13:27
1 Symphony No. 6: I. Fluendo espressivo 00:06:42 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
2 Symphony No. 6: II. Scherzo. Leggerissimo vivace 00:03:23 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
3 Symphony No. 6: III. Adagio sereno 00:09:11 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
4 Symphony No. 6: IV. Allegro energico 00:03:59 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 3, "Palo Duro Canyon"00:23:39
5 Symphony No. 3 "Palo Duro Canyon": Ia. Allegro inq 00:09:04 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
6 Symphony No. 3 "Palo Duro Canyon": Ib. Adagio cant 00:02:56 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
7 Symphony No. 3 "Palo Duro Canyon": Ic. Andante 00:01:35 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
8 Symphony No. 3 "Palo Duro Canyon": Id. Allegro viv 00:01:39 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
9 Symphony No. 3 "Palo Duro Canyon": Ie. Andante mae 00:04:07 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
10 Symphony No. 3 "Palo Duro Canyon": If. Andante sol 00:04:09 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
Symphony No. 2 (completed by S. Currier)00:31:00
11 Symphony No. 2 (Completed by S. Currier): I. Alleg 00:12:45 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
12 Symphony No. 2 (Completed by S. Currier): II. Adag 00:04:33 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
13 Symphony No. 2 (Completed by S. Currier): III. All 00:12:44 Friedel, Lance London Symphony Orchestra
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