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

1 Sept. 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 30 Sept. 2008
  • Release Date: 1 Sept. 2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Naxos
  • Total Length: 1:00:17
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  • ASIN: B002YZJOMO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,316 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Dec. 2008
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To those of us who grew up in the '40s and '50s the music of Leroy Anderson is an inextricable part of our childhood. He enjoyed enormous popularity during that time and on into the '60s. But his popularity primarily came from a handful of well-known and frequently played 'hits': Blue Tango, The Typewriter (do you young'uns even know what a typewriter is?), Sleigh Ride, Plink Plank Plunk, The Syncopated Clock, Trumpeter's Lullaby and a few others. This series of recordings vastly expands our knowledge of his works. Anderson was immensely talented -- not just in music: he served in the US Army during World War II as a translator of Scandinavian languages -- and his music was meticulously crafted, but he always considered himself a composer of 'concert music with a popular touch'. It's hard imagine even the most classical-music averse listener not being charmed by his music.

This CD, the fourth in Leonard Slatkin's and the BBC Concert Orchestra's series which apparently is going to include all of Anderson's music, is filled primarily with arrangements of well-known tunes (The Irish Suite, The Scottish Suite, MacDowell's 'To a Wild Rose') that are not only melodious but impeccably crafted. 'To a Wild Rose', originally a piano miniature, is orchestrated for strings and harp and it is gorgeously done. The 'Irish Suite' includes such tunes as 'The Girl I Left Behind Me', 'The Last Rose of Summer' (arranged as a miniature violin concerto), and an infectious 'Irish Washerwoman' whose amazingly assured counterpoint will probably only be noticed on second hearing.

The disc also includes versions of two favorites that had lyrics added by Mitchell Parish: 'Blue Tango' and 'Belle of the Ball.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BravoBaroque on 17 Feb. 2009
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This and the other four Naxos (vols 1,2,3, &5) Cd's were recorded so as to form a Tribute to Leroy Anderson in time for his centenary in 2008.
Leroy Anderson is a rare species,a truly unique composer.
Where Mahler and Bruckner can take up to 2 hours,and Wagner even longer to expound their musical themes Anderson does it all in about 5 minutes,and often much less.I think you could call them "condensed symphonies" containing as they do such lyricism,invention and above all gentle humour.
The 5 CD's in this release contain ALL Andersons orchestral compositions.They are played here with affection but above all heart felt conviction by the BBC Concert Orchestra,conducted by that Anderson champion Leonard Slatkin.
I leave others to review individual tracks, a hard job when there are 5 CD's!
I would urge you to buy all 5,and given the bargain price that they are selling at it's not difficult.
Once you have heard them you won't want ever to be without them again
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By dollydip on 2 Oct. 2014
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I adore this CD! the music is modern and very likable! A great CD and one I think you will listen to over and over again- picking out your particular favourites as I have done! Five stars to this composer, his wonderful music and a great CD!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
America's Quintessential Composer of Light Classical Music 7 Nov. 2008
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To those of us who grew up in the '40s and '50s the music of Leroy Anderson is an inextricable part of our childhood. He enjoyed enormous popularity during that time and on into the '60s. But his popularity primarily came from a handful of well-known and frequently played 'hits': Blue Tango, The Typewriter (do you young'uns even know what a typewriter is?), Sleigh Ride, Plink Plank Plunk, The Syncopated Clock, Trumpeter's Lullaby and a few others. This series of recordings vastly expands our knowledge of his works. Anderson was immensely talented -- not just in music: he served in the US Army during World War II as a translator of Scandinavian languages -- and his music was meticulously crafted, but he always considered himself a composer of 'concert music with a popular touch'. It's hard imagine even the most classical-music averse listener not being charmed by his music.

This CD, the fourth in Leonard Slatkin's and the BBC Concert Orchestra's series which apparently is going to include all of Anderson's music, is filled primarily with arrangements of well-known tunes (The Irish Suite, The Scottish Suite, MacDowell's 'To a Wild Rose') that are not only melodious but impeccably crafted. 'To a Wild Rose', originally a piano miniature, is orchestrated for strings and harp and it is gorgeously done. The 'Irish Suite' includes such tunes as 'The Girl I Left Behind Me', 'The Last Rose of Summer' (arranged as a miniature violin concerto), and an infectious 'Irish Washerwoman' whose amazingly assured counterpoint will probably only be noticed on second hearing.

The disc also includes versions of two favorites that had lyrics added by Mitchell Parish: 'Blue Tango' and 'Belle of the Ball.' The latter features baritone William Dazeley singing the words as Kim Criswell (as the Belle) sings a wordless vocalise. There is also a vocal version of a piece unfamiliar to me, 'Forgotten Dreams'. (Unfortunately, these unfamiliar lyrics are not included in the CD booklet.)

The CD concludes with two orchestral suites: 'Alma Mater', which depicts the student (and alum) hijinks at Anderson's old college, Harvard, and a marvelous collection of Christmas carols called 'A Christmas Festival.'

Slatkin, who had recorded a lot of Anderson over the years well before this series began a couple of years ago, tends to have a genial rather than a crisply energetic manner with these pieces and I am finding that to be an entirely valid approach, and the BBC Concert Orchestra play this music as if they've been playing it all their lives.

Recommended.

Scott Morrison
Four Stars 4 Dec. 2014
By Hank the Tank - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice collection of Anderson's works.
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