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American Symphonies

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-2118 SACD
Release date2018-06-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time78:08

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 disc, conductor Lance Friedel strikes a blow for three fellow American composers, with the help of the eminent London Symphony Orchestra.

The disc 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swinging back, however, and traditional music built of melody, harmony and rhythm was no longer considered hopelessly outdated.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.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Piston, Walter
  Symphony No. 6 (1955) 23:15
01 I. Fluendo espressivo 06:42 $ 1.62 USD
02 II. Leggerissimo vivace 03:23 $ 0.82 USD
03 III. Adagio sereno 09:11 $ 2.22 USD
04 IV. Allegro energico 03:59 $ 1.01 USD
  Composer: Jones, Samuel
  Symphony No. 3 ‘Palo Duro Canyon’ (1992) 23:30
05 Allegro inquieto 09:04 $ 2.18 USD
06 Adagio cantabile 02:56 $ 0.70 USD
07 Andante 01:35 $ 0.38 USD
08 Bar 289 (Allegro vivo) 01:39 $ 0.40 USD
09 Andante maestoso 04:07 $ 0.98 USD
10 Andante solenne 04:09 $ 1.06 USD
  Composer: Albert, Stephen
  Symphony No. 2 (1992) 30:02
11 I. 12:45 $ 3.07 USD
12 II. 04:33 $ 1.11 USD
13 III. 12:44 $ 3.18 USD
  Album total 78:08
ComposerAlbert, Stephen
Jones, Samuel
Piston, Walter
OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
ConductorFriedel, Lance

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