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Antheil: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1


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Alongside its ongoing much-lauded Copland series, the BBC Philharmonic embarks on a new American journey, this time with its chief guest conductor, John Storgards. Known as ‘the bad boy of music,’ George Antheil began his career with a reputation as an enfant terrible, composing shockingly avant-garde works such as his every popular Ballet mecanique, inspired by the dynamism and dissonances of Stravinsky’s early ballets. Although he is well established on the film music scene, too, it is his symphonic output-sampled here- that today survives in the concert hall. This new series documents the evolution of his musical style, which moved towards a fundamentally tonal and melody-based idiom, Antheil joining the growing ranks of famous US symphonists. The war-inspired Fourth Symphony and ‘joyous’ Fifth clearly represent this compositional shift, breaking with what the composer called the ‘now passe’ modernism. Also here is the premiere recording of the Texas-inspired Over the Plains, memorable for its allusions to cowboy music and offering some unexpectedly dramatic and atmospheric twists along the way.
Facts
Item number CHAN 10941
Barcode 095115194126
Release date 5/19/2017
Category Orchestral
Label CHANDOS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Conductor Storgårds, John
Orchestra BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Disc: 1
Over the Plains00:08:00
1 Over the Plains 00:07:34 Storgårds, John BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 4, "1942"00:32:23
2 Symphony No. 4 "1942": I. Moderato - Allegretto 00:10:53 Storgårds, John BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
3 Symphony No. 4 "1942": II. Allegro 00:09:28 Storgårds, John BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
4 Symphony No. 4 "1942": III. Scherzo (Presto) 00:05:20 Storgårds, John BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
5 Symphony No. 4 "1942": IV. Allegro non troppo 00:07:52 Storgårds, John BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Symphony No. 5, "Joyous"00:23:00
6 Symphony No. 5 "Joyous": I. Allegro 00:09:06 Storgårds, John BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
7 Symphony No. 5 "Joyous": II. Adagio molto 00:07:55 Storgårds, John BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
8 Symphony No. 5 "Joyous": III. Allegretto maestoso 00:06:52 Storgårds, John BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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