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EDWARD MACDOWELL Orchestral Music TROY224 - Price: $16.99
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Lovely Brahmsian music.

Edward MacDowell was the first American composer of stature who incorporated native elements into his music and depicted, in Romantic colors, the landscape of America. He composed two Orchestral suites, both in five movements, both structured fast-slow-fast-slow-fast, with each movement being a self-contained, miniature tone poem. The first suite was premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra on September 24, 1891 and in keeping with the spirit of many of his works it evokes pictures of the outdoors - In a haunted forest, Summer Idyll, In October, The Shepherdess' Song and Forest Spirits. His use of native elements is especially evident in his second suite for Orchestra, which was also premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1895. Subtitled Indian Suite, all of the themes are derived from native American Indian melodies. It may also be significant that Dvorak's New York Symphony had appeared two years earlier. MacDowell composed his Sea Pieces in 1885 for solo piano. On this disc, receiving their premiere performance in a version Orchestrated by Charles Johnson, we have six of the eight pieces presented for Orchestra. Charles Johnson graduated with degrees in music from UCLA. From 1967 to 1978, he was on the faculty of Sam Houston State University where he taught music history and theory and conducted the Orchestra. Since 1973, he has pursued a dual career as a conductor and violist. This is the first digital recording of this lovely, romantic music by one of America's finest composers.
Contents:
Edward MacDowell, composer
Suite No. 2 (Indian), Op. 48
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Charles Johnson, conductor

Edward MacDowell, composer
Suite No. 1, Op. 42
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Charles Johnson, conductor

Edward MacDowell, composer
Sea Pieces, Op. 55
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Charles Johnson, conductor

Review:
"It is criminal that these romantic Orchestral pieces by the American composer Edward MacDowell (1861-1908) are ignored by our symphony Orchestras. Even the Suite No. 2, with its "native Indian melodies" (which may be spurious, for all I know) is expressive music, with energizing rhythms and potent climaxes. The recording was made by a Czech Orchestra - irony anyone? - but it is a fine-sounding group and Johnson's conducting is first-rate. He also Orchestrated the "Sea Pieces" from piano score." (The Oakland Tribune)
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