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Jamestown Concerto; American Music for Cello and Orchestra [CD]

Perry/Schuman/Thomson Audio CD

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Jamestown Concerto: I. London 1606. The Virginia CompanyYehuda Hanani 4:10£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Jamestown Concerto: II. Settlements Along the RiverYehuda Hanani 4:54£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jamestown Concerto: III. The Long WintersYehuda Hanani 4:40£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jamestown Concerto: IV. Pocahontas in LondonYehuda Hanani 5:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Jamestown Concerto: V. Jamestown: Four Hundred Years OnYehuda Hanani 5:14£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Henry VII, Act 3: Orpheus with his Lute Made TreesJane Alexander0:41£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. A Song of OrpheusYehuda Hanani23:10Album Only
Listen  8. Cello Concerto: I. Rider on the PlainsYehuda Hanani 7:52£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cello Concerto: II. Variations on a Southern HymnWilliam Eddins 9:05Album Only
Listen10. Cello Concerto: III. Children's GamesYehuda Hanani 6:23£0.69  Buy MP3 

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Œuvres pour violoncelle & Orchestre de William Perry, William Schuman & Virgil Thomson / Yehuda Hanani, violoncelle - RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra - William Eddins, direction

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4.0 out of 5 stars Get this for the Perry 12 May 2009
By the old guitarist - Published on
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For some reason, when I pop this CD into my computer, the disc info appears only in Japanese!

I bought this for the "Jamestown Concerto" of William Perry and on that score it doesn't disappoint. Mr. Perry is a veteran composer of works for the stage, such as LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI, and for film. He was musical director for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where on piano he accompanied screenings of silent films. Some of his silent film music was heard on the 1971 and 1975 television series THE SILENT YEARS, hosted first by Orson Welles and then, Lillian Gish. Perry's music is tuneful, Romantic, folksy and agreeably harmonized, unpretentious and engaging. I have yet to hear a single work of his which I do not find immensely appealing. It is always comfortably tonal and joyous. In this world premiere recording of the concerto, cello soloist Yehuda Hanani, who also gave the premiere performance in 2007, obviously enjoys himself and does a stellar job. The work is in five movements of roughly equal length and clocks in at 24:41. It is not a stretch to compare the piece to Kern or even in spots to Delius.

The Schuman and Thomson works here are substantial and Hanani appears to me to have turned in credible performances. The Schuman Fantasy borrows a melody from the composer's own song set to this verse from Shakespeare's Henry VIII:

Orpheus with his lute made trees,
And the mountain tops that freeze,
Bow themselves, when he did sing:
To his music plants and flowers
Ever sprung; as sun and showers
There had made a lasting spring.

Everything that heard him play,
Even the billows of the sea,
Hung their heads, and then lay by.
In sweet music is such art,
Killing care and grief of heart,
Fall asleep, or hearing, die.

I wish I could say this Fantasy moved me as does the Perry. I'm not hearing how it emulates the lyricism or delicate sweetness and charm of the lute. It sounds terribly dour, heavy and humorless to me - maybe another reviewer can offer some advice as to how more advantageously to listen for enjoyment.

The Thomson concerto fares much better. The first movement, "Rider on the Plains", is buoyant and almost Korngoldian - very attractive. The second does less for me, mostly because the soloist's intonation in the topmost register is not always dead on. The finale, "Children's Games", is playful and bouncy with a strenuous and tuneful solo part and an exciting finish.

As for my rating, scoring the individual concerti, it's Perry 5 stars, Thomson 5 and Schuman 2.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital Schuman Song of Orpheus 24 Mar 2013
By John F. Bundy - Published on
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Good old Naxos continues to serve the knowledgeable fringes of the classical community, while continuing to make enormous contributions to deserving but under- or un-recorded contemporary repertoire. Most importantly, this disc includes the first recording of A Song of Orpheus, since the ancient Columbia LP [MS 6638], with Leonard Rose and George Szell, was issued. This "Fantasy" [concerto, really], is an introverted and immensely engaging meditation based on Schuman's Orpheus With His Lute -- a short and moving neo-Monteverdi song for soprano and guitar -- which can be found on Vox Box CDX 5145. Possibly our most undeservedly-neglected major composer, Schuman also used the same "lute song" as the basis for extensive variations in his In Sweet Music [CRI 791], written for the mellifluous ensemble of soprano, flute, viola, and harp,and, in my opinion, a major chamber work. If you want to explore Schuman beyond the only two pieces by him that seem to be programmed -- New England Triptych, and his orchestral arrangement of Ives' Variations on America -- get the above-cited cd's while they are still available [OP, but often found on], and also the Naxos collection, or individual discs, of the Schuman Symphonies [justly-deserved reissues of the Schwarz Seattle Symphony recordings].

It is wonderful to have a beautifully-played and realized A Song of Orpheus on cd now, and my grateful thanks go out to Naxos, Yehuda Hanani [the wonderful cellist] and all concerned.

Also very welcome is the Virgil Thomson Cello Concerto, which slightly swells the all-too-limited list of recordings of compositions by this always witty, inventive, and delightful composer.

The Perry Jamestown Concerto is, again in my opinion, not in the same league as Schuman and Thomson, but nevertheless, an enjoyable discovery.

In summary, this is a terrific collection of rarely-heard modern cello literature.
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Thomson out there 16 July 2014
By Ken Braithwaite - Published on
There are now two digital recordings of Thomson's concerto. The other, on Albany, called Rider on the Plains, is much better.
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