On Freedom's Ground
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World premiere recording of one of 20th century America's most important composers.

The four compositions on this disc effectively portray both sides of William Schuman's musical personality -- from the spirited energy of American Festival Overture and the uninhibited patriotic fervor of A Free Song to the much darker character of Prelude and the profoundly moving On Freedom's Ground. One of the 20th century America's most important composers and arts administrators, William Schuman (1910-1992) went from being a Tin Pan Alley song plugger to professor at Sarah Lawrence to president of Juilliard and finally, to president of Lincoln Center. With the exception of the oft-recorded American Festival Overture, these are world premiere recordings and represent the many sides of this extraordinarily creative musical mind. Joseph Polisi, the current president of Juilliard and author of American Muse: The Life and Times of William Schuman has provided the notes.
Contents:
William Schuman, composer
American Festival Overture
Sinfonia da Camera, Ian Hobson, conductor

William Schuman, composer
A Free Song
Richardo Herrera, baritone, University of Illinois Chorale & Oratoria Society, Sinfonia da Camera, Ian Hobson, conductor

William Schuman, composer
Prelude for Full Chorus
Ingrid Kammin, soprano, University of Illinois Chorale, Fred Stoltzfus, conductor

William Schuman, composer
On Freedom's Ground
Richardo Herrera, baritone, University of Illinois Chorale & Oratoria Society, Sinfonia da Camera, Ian Hobson, conductor

Review:
"If one of the marks of a great composer is the fact that not a single piece could have been written by anyone else, then Schuman was a great composer--make that a great American composer. All the readily identifiable hallmarks of his style...are evident in the four attractive works that make up this collection: the rhythmic vitality, the sinewy brilliance of orchestration, the discerning choice of American texts...the evocative writing for massed voices, the patriotic fervor and optimism mixed with rather more troubled introspection. ...a disc no Schuman enthusiast can afford to miss." (The Classical Review)

"...indispensable to Schuman enthusiasts..." (Fanfare)
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