The American Symphony Orchestra: Works by Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions, George Perle, and Bernard Rands

The American Symphony Orchestra: Works by Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions, George Perle, and Bernard Rands

American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein

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Tracklist

  • Inscape

    American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein

    12:12

  • Symphony no. 8: I. Adagio e mesto

    American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein

    6:17

  • Symphony no. 8: II. Allegro con brio

    American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein

    7:58

  • Perle
  • Transcendental Modulations

    American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein

    25:50

  • Rands
  • ...where the murmurs die…

    American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein

    13:55

  • Total playing time

    1:06:13

Album review

“Appearances can be deceiving, and anyone who judges this CD by its cover photo may be a little disconcerted by the contents. The green rural landscape may suggest that the music is in a populist, Americana vein, but the dark storm cloud on the horizon hints that the four orchestral pieces by Aaron Copland, Roger Sessions, George Perle, and Bernard Rands are more forbidding fare. Stark, shadowy, and severe, these atonal and serial works represent an aspect of American music that is complex and sophisticated in theory and expression, and far removed from the popular concert repertoire; if anything, Copland's Inscape (1967), Sessions' Symphony No. 8 (1968), Perle's Transcendental Modulations (1993), and Rands' "...where the murmurs die..." (1995) exemplify the advanced techniques and practices prevalent in academic circles of the late twentieth century. The committed performances by Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra indicate their high regard for these difficult works, and their seriousness also shows the respect they hold for Francis Goelet, the philanthropist who commissioned them, and to whom this recording is dedicated. Yet unless one is prepared for some rigorous listening, this disc may prove more edifying than enjoyable. On the whole, the sound quality is decent, but soft enough in some places to require headphones.”

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Record label

Credits

    Released

    2005

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