Splash of Pops

Splash of Pops

by Boston Pops Orchestra
     
 

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This savvy concert of patriotic favorites was recorded live at an outdoor concert on Boston's Esplanade, a summertime ritual for the Boston Pops. Conducted by the handsome young pops-meister Keith Lockhart, the program begins with the "Star-Spangled Banner" -- a version that starts out with surprising tenderness and winds up withSee more details below

Overview

This savvy concert of patriotic favorites was recorded live at an outdoor concert on Boston's Esplanade, a summertime ritual for the Boston Pops. Conducted by the handsome young pops-meister Keith Lockhart, the program begins with the "Star-Spangled Banner" -- a version that starts out with surprising tenderness and winds up with Elgarian pomp and circumstance. John Williams's Copland-esque "Liberty Fanfare" provides a dose of adrenaline. The Bostonians aim to please, so while Paul Simon's "America" adds a dash of '60s idealism, the African-American hymn "With Voices Raised" (sung by a group that includes members of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus) underlines diversity. Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves gives a thrillingly resonant and moving rendition of "America the Beautiful." The concert ends in traditional Esplanade style, with a fleet version of Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and a snazzily joyful "Stars and Stripes Forever." Maestro Lockhart's youthful energy and enthusiasm has paid off; the Boston Pops hasn't sounded this good since Arthur Fiedler's heyday.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Designed as an aural souvenir of the Boston Pops' annual Fourth of July concert, A Splash of the Pops is another celebration of America and Americana. Although it contains a handful of new orchestral pieces, such as "With Voices Raised," it is primarily a celebration of classic American music, both classical pieces and pop songs alike. Of course, there's not a whole lot of pop songs -- the "Overture to State Fair," "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy," and Paul Simon's "America" are chief among them -- but they fit in well with "The Star-Spangled Banner," "Stars and Stripes Forever," "1812 Overture," "America the Beautiful," and "Lift Every Voice and Sing" because Keith Lockhart's arrangements and conducting give it all a uniform style that is distinctly, undeniably the Pops. It's to Lockhart's credit that he keeps the tradition of the Pops alive while subtly developing his own style; this is certainly a Pops record, but he's infusing the group with his own taste, such as Paul Simon. And that's what makes A Splash of the Pops so entertaining -- not only does it capture the feeling of a Pops Fourth of July concert, it sounds contemporary, as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1999
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266351626
catalogNumber:
63516

Tracks

  1. The Star-Spangled Banner (National Anthem, USA), for orchestra & voice/chor  -  Tanglewood Festival Chorus
  2. Liberty Fanfare, for orchestra
  3. Doodletown Fifers
  4. State Fair, film score
  5. America, for voice & guitar
  6. Lift Every Voice and Sing, hymn  -  Boston Pops Gospel Choir
  7. With Voices Raised
  8. National Emblem, march for orchestra (or band)
  9. Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy
  10. America the Beautiful (original title "Materna")
  11. 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49
  12. The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boston Pops Orchestra   Primary Artist
Karen Tobin   Alto (Vocal)
Judy Kaye   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Blair Brown   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Laura Ahlbeck   Oboe
Robert "Bootsie" Barnes   Viola
Steve Bloom   Bass (Vocal)
James Cooke   Violin
Thomas Dinger   Tenor (Vocal)
Steve Emery   Trumpet
John Harrison   Violin
Brad Hatfield   Keyboards
Tom Jacobs   Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Jonathan Menkis   Horn
Bob Olson   Bass
Joe Scheer   Violin
Jennifer Walker   Alto (Vocal)
Tom Weisend   Bass (Vocal)
Jim Gwin   Percussion
Valerie Kuchment   Violin
Fenwick Smith   Flute
Clayton Hoener   Violin
Nurit Bar-Josef   Violin
Richard Bissell   Tenor (Vocal)
Elita Kang   Violin
Kurt Walker   Tenor (Vocal)
Boston Gay Men's Chorus   Choir, Chorus
Frank Epstein   Percussion
Jonathan Miller   Cello
Fred Buda   Percussion
Courtney Furno   Tenor (Vocal)
Timothy Genis   Timpani
Ronald Knudsen   Violin
Ronan Lefkowitz   Violin
Joel Moerschel   Cello
Elizabeth Ostling   Flute
Alexander Romanul   Violin
Wenyi Shih   Violin
Vyacheslav Uritsky   Violin
Jay Wadenpfuhl   Horn
Chester Schmitz   Tuba
James Orleans   Bass
Richard Ranti   Bassoon
Bob Winter   Piano,Celeste
Lawrence Wolfe   Bass
Denyce Graves   Mezzo-Soprano (Vocal)
Andrew Pearce   Cello
Keith Lockhart   Conductor,Track Performer
Darren Acosta   Trombone
Fredena Williams   Soprano (Vocal)
Scott Andrews   Clarinet
Andrew Gladstone   Tenor (Vocal)
Amnon Levy   Violin
Aisha Lindsey   Soprano (Vocal)
Ann Hobson Pilot   Harp
Barbara Ehrmann   Alto (Vocal)
Kieran Murray   Soprano (Vocal)
Mark Haddad   Tenor (Vocal)
Douglas Yeo   Bass Trombone
Tanglewood Festival Chorus   Track Performer
Batscheva Fenster   Alto (Vocal)
Bo-Youp Hwang   Violin
Denise Xavier-Superville   Soprano (Vocal)
Owen Young   Cello
Michael Zaretsky   Viola
Warren Ziegler   Bass (Vocal)
David Buda   Electric Bass
Jason Danieley   Tenor (Vocal)
Brian Stokes Mitchell   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Boston Pops Gospel Choir   Track Performer
Charles Floyd   Conductor
Jeffrey Work   Trumpet
Tamara Smirnova   Violin
Chuck Cooper   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Rachel Fagerburg   Viola
Edward Gazouleas   Viola
Gregg Henegar   Contrabassoon
Marc Jeanneret   Viola
Luis Leguia   Cello
Kazuko Matsusaka   Viola
John Salkowski   Bass
Robert Sheena   English Horn
John Strumwasser   Bass (Vocal)
Linda Toote   Piccolo
Kevin Owen   Horn
Michael Monaghan   Saxophone
Dean Cerrato   Tenor (Vocal)
Martha Babcock   Cello
Kelly Barr   Violin
Bonnie Bewick   Violin
Nancy Bracken   Violin
Tatiana Dimitriades   Violin
Jennifer Elowitch   Violin
Burton Fine   Viola
Thomas Gauger   Percussion
Roland Small   Bassoon
Raymond A. Cyr   Bass (Vocal)
Bruce Hall   Trumpet
Manuel J. Lim   Bass (Vocal)
Christopher Mahoney   Tenor (Vocal)
Carol Amaya   Soprano (Vocal)
Annie B. Andrews   Soprano (Vocal)
Jeans Aquino   Tenor (Vocal)
John C. Barr   Tenor (Vocal)
Marie Bellegarde   Soprano (Vocal)
Barbara Berry   Soprano (Vocal)
Betty B. Blume   Alto (Vocal)
Sarah S. Brannen   Soprano (Vocal)
Ondine Brent   Alto (Vocal)
Jennifer Wehr Brosky   Soprano (Vocal)
Christopher Caggiano   Bass (Vocal)
Susan Cavalieri   Soprano (Vocal)
Danielle Champoux   Soprano (Vocal)
Steve Chrzan   Tenor (Vocal)
Dalton Clark   Alto (Vocal)
Dominador F. Coloyan   Tenor (Vocal)
Kelly Corcoran   Soprano (Vocal)
Gail Crissinger   Soprano (Vocal)
Susan Culpo   Viola
Karen Dias   Soprano (Vocal)
Xin Ding   Violin
Christine P. Duquette   Soprano (Vocal)
Ann M. Dwelley   Soprano (Vocal)
Linda Eknoian   Soprano (Vocal)
Jonathan Finn   Banjo,Guitar
Maura Finn   Soprano (Vocal)
Catherine French   Violin
Kevin Galie   Organ
Gisele Ganz   Soprano (Vocal)
Irene Gilbride   Alto (Vocal)
Elliott Gyger   Bass (Vocal)
Jeramie Hammond   Bass (Vocal)
Jennifer Harney   Soprano (Vocal)
Kathy Ho   Soprano (Vocal)
Patrick Hollbeck   Percussion
Joseph Holt   Bass
J. William Hudgins   Percussion
Stanley Hudson   Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Scarpetta   Tenor (Vocal)
Christiane Karam   Alto (Vocal)
Stacey Stephens   Tenor (Vocal)
Daniel Katzen   Horn
Marc J. Kaufman   Bass (Vocal)
Youngmoo Kim   Bass (Vocal)
Sato Knudsen   Cello
Nina Kruschwitz   Tenor (Vocal)
Laura Lapointe   Soprano (Vocal)
Annie Lee   Alto (Vocal)
David Lin   Tenor (Vocal)
Suzanne D. Link   Alto (Vocal)
Leo Lipis   Bass (Vocal)
Gale Livinston   Alto (Vocal)
David Lones   Bass (Vocal)
Mark Ludwig   Viola
Andrew Mark   Cello
Thomas Martin   Clarinet
Haldan Martinson   Violin
David Mazzotta   Bass (Vocal)
Mark McEwen   Oboe
Joseph McGauley   Violin
David Hale Mooney   Tenor (Vocal)
Jane Circle Morfill   Soprano (Vocal)
Jenifer Lynn Munson   Soprano (Vocal)
Peter Chapman   Trumpet
Donna Bullock   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
John Oliver   Conductor
Reuben M. Reynolds   Conductor
Thomas Rolfs   Trumpet
LaChanze   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Alton White   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Tommy Hollis   Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Boston Church of the Advent   Bells
Richard Mackey   Horn

Technical Credits

Richard Hayman   Arranger
Robert Russell Bennett   Arranger
Boston Pops Orchestra   Contributor
William David Brohn   Arranger
Alexander Courage   Arranger
Shawn Murphy   Producer,Engineer
Sid Ramin   Arranger
Angela Morley   Arranger
Carol Bobolts   Artwork,Art Direction
Boston Gay Men's Chorus   Contributor
Steven Ledbetter   Liner Notes
Keith Lockhart   Liner Notes
Tanglewood Festival Chorus   Contributor
Boston Pops Gospel Choir   Contributor
Charles Floyd   Arranger
Patrick Hollbeck   Arranger
James Weldon Johnson   Composer
Massachusetts Army National Guard   Contributor

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