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ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 - Irish Suite / Scottish Suite / Alma Mater / A Christmas Festival

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2009


Artists:

Leonard Slatkin



William Dazeley

baritone

Kim Criswell

soprano

Engineer:

Marvin Ware



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 60:29
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LEROY ANDERSON

 

Irish Suite

 
1 I. The Irish Washerwoman 3:00
 
     
2 II. The Minstrel Boy 3:27
 
     
3 III. The Rakes of Mallow 2:58
 
     
4 IV. The Wearing of the Green 3:20
 
     
5 V. The Last Rose of Summer 3:46
 
     
6 VI. The Girl I Left Behind Me 3:07
 
     
 

EDWARD MACDOWELL / LEROY ANDERSON

7 

To a Wild Rose (arr. L. Anderson for orchestra)

2:11
 
     
 

LEROY ANDERSON

8 

Summer Skies

3:53
 
     
 

Scottish Suite

 
9 I. Bonnie Dundee 2:51
 
     
10 II. Turn Ye To Me 2:20
 
     
11 III. The Bluebells of Scotland 2:06
 
     
12 IV. The Campbells are Coming 3:10
 
     
 

LEROY ANDERSON / MITCHELL PARISH

13 

Blue Tango (version with voice)

2:37
 Kim Criswell soprano
     
 

LEROY ANDERSON / MITCHELL PARISH / ROBERT WENDEL

14 

Forgotten Dreams (arr. R. Wendel for voice and orchestra)

2:51
 Kim Criswell soprano
     
 

LEROY ANDERSON / MITCHELL PARISH

15 

Belle of the Ball (version with voice)

3:12
 Kim Criswell soprano
 William Dazeley baritone
     
 

LEROY ANDERSON

 

Alma Mater

 
16 I. Chapel Bells 1:31
 
     
17 II. Freshman on Main Street 1:27
 
     
18 III. Library Reading Room 1:48
 
     
19 IV. Class Reunion 1:44
 
     
20 

A Christmas Festival

9:10
 
 Leonard Slatkin


 Leroy Anderson etched out his own unique place in American music – a composer rigorously trained in the classical tradition whose records topped the pop charts, a meticulous arranger of music whose own melodies were crafted with inventive precision. Here, in the first complete cycle of Anderson’s orchestral music, the Anderson family has made available several pieces that the composer did not release, with some first recordings scattered among the familiar and not-sofamiliar titles. Volume Four concentrates on Anderson’s many arrangements, as well as revisions or alternate versions of his own works, including Alma Mater, a reworking of his 1939 suite Harvard Sketches.

 
"...This fourth volume may seem to be mainly something of a gathering in of less well-known material and unusual, long-forgotten vocal arrangements of a few favourite pieces. Nevertheless they are delivered with such enthusiasm and joie de vivre, that this latest collection is irresistible."
 
Ian Lace - MusicWeb-International.com - October 2008
 

Artistic Quality 9   Sound quality 9
 
"It’s usual to say, somewhat condescendingly, that Leroy Anderson was a great “light music” composer, but the fact is that he was a great composer. Period. The ability to write a memorable tune is priceless, as Brahms (no slouch in the tune department) recognized in speaking of Dvorák, and it more than compensates for any amount of failings in other departments. Anderson had remarkably few of those: his orchestrations are masterly, his craftsmanship always top-notch. The three suites included here (Scottish, Irish, and Alma Mater) are beautifully put together and incredibly catchy.The vocal items…are fetchingly sung by Kim Criswell and William Dazeley, and here receive their world premiere recordings. The program ends with one of Anderson’s larger works, the dazzling Christmas Festival. Leonard Slatkin, an old hand in this music, conducts with unassuming mastery, and the BBC Concert Orchestra sounds entirely at home in the idiom. Very good engineering completes this delectable package. Like the rest of this series, this is definitely worth collecting."
 

David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - July 2010 


"On Volume 4 of this Naxos series [8.559381], only the delightful Summer Skies falls into the familiar format of Anderson orchestral miniature. The rest constitutes arrangements, including Anderson’s exquisitely wrought orchestration of MacDowell’s To a Wild Rose. If the inclusion of vocal arrangements of Blue Tango, Forgotten Dreams and Belle of the Ball in a collection of orchestral works seems strange, few will object to the chance to hear Tin Pan Alley’s attempts to capitalise on Anderson’s success. The Irish Suite (the main item on this disc)—a clever compilation of Irish folk tunes—has already been recorded by Fiedler, Anderson himself (four movements only) and Fennell, and is done here with no less grace, charm and excitement. On the back of its success, Anderson conceived his Scottish Suite, but he completed only four of the planned six movements, recorded only two, and then withdrew the suite altogether. Though overall nowhere near as clever a piece as its predecessor, it’s good to have the whole included here; “Turn ye to me” is especially beautifully done. Previous volumes in this series have included suites of carols; however, the arrangement of less devotional melodies within the Christmas overture heard here seems to me much the most attractive of such seasonal offerings."

 
Andrew Lamb - Gramophone magazine - December 2008



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