Rider on the Plains
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The long-awaited recording of the Virgil Thomson cello concerto given an extraordinary performance by Emmanuel Feldman.

Finally! This is undoubtedly the first commercial recording of the Virgil Thomson Cello Concerto (whose first movement provides the title for this disc) since the classic old Columbia recording with Luigi Silva from the early 1950s, and it's in SACD sound! This delightful work, wearing its Americana on its sleeve but couched in the framework of a classic work such as the Haydn, is full of the kind of joyful, melancholy and eccentric moods and hymn-tunes one hears in the classic Thomson film scores and orchestral works. The Four Portraits, adapted from the more than 140 piano pieces he wrote of friends, artists and acquaintances, were adapted by Silva; the Frederic James Portrait is an original by Thomson in this form. Charles Fussell has a link to the great American past as he studied with Bernard Rogers at the Eastman School, and his music maintains a traditional sound with somewhat more advanced touches. Hailed by John Williams and others as "an outstanding cellist and truly dedicated artist," Emmanuel Feldman has emerged as one of the most innovative cellists of his generation. Known for his intense, soulful playing and a broad range of repertoire, he enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and champion of new music, having given premieres of works by Aaron Kernis, Gunther Schuller, David Diamond and himself.
Charles Fussell, composer
Right River
Emmanuel Feldman, cello, New England String Ensemble, Susan Davenny Wyner, conductor

Charles Fussell, composer
Two Ballades for Cello and Piano
Emmanuel Feldman, cello, Joy Cline Phinney, piano

Virgil Thomson, composer
Concerto for Violoncello & Orchestra
Emmanuel Feldman, cello, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Paul Gambill, conductor

Virgil Thomson, composer
Four Portraits for Cello and Piano
Emmanuel Feldman, cello, Joy Cline Phinney, piano

Virgil Thomson, composer
A Portrait of Frederic James
Emmanuel Feldman, cello, Joy Cline Phinney, piano

"Feldman...plays with real panache and a warm, singing tone...I can recommend this disc without reservation." (ClassicsToday.com)

"...played with great fervor and technical flair by Feldman and his partners, making an interesting and varied program of little-known but finely-crafted material." (American Record Guide)
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