American Classics

American Classics

by Mark O'Connor
     
 

The country and bluegrass fiddler Mark O'Connor has been a pioneer in the institutionalization of American vernacular styles, participating in various symphonic and chamber music projects, and establishing an impressive range of educational activities. He has headlined or participated in various recordings involving country-classical or folk-classical fusions… See more details below

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The country and bluegrass fiddler Mark O'Connor has been a pioneer in the institutionalization of American vernacular styles, participating in various symphonic and chamber music projects, and establishing an impressive range of educational activities. He has headlined or participated in various recordings involving country-classical or folk-classical fusions (including Yo-Yo Ma's Appalachian Journey). This release lies between his marquee career and his educational empire. It was released in conjuction with a new volume of his O'Connor method violin instruction books, and the arrangements heard are taken directly from that volume. They're straightforward versions of familiar tunes from a large variety of traditions: old-time fiddle music, ragtime, jazz minstrelsy, labor song ("We Shall Overcome" is the representative here), religious music, patriotic songs, spirituals, and more. The piano accompaniments, played by Rieko Aizawa, are in the simple parlor mode of the 19th century. The emphasis is on the diversity of the American tradition rather than on virtuoso performance, and O'Connor's project becomes more and more interesting in this respect as he develops it further. Undeniably, no one has attempted anything of this scope since Dvorák's day, and those intrigued by that, as well as actual students of O'Connor's method, will enjoy this album. For those more interested in the end result, check out one of O'Connor's more extensive classical pieces, such as "Fanfare for the Volunteer.""

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2012
Label:
Omac
UPC:
0676519000277
catalogNumber:
27
Rank:
103765

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Tracks

  1. Rubber Dolly Rag  - Mark O'Connor
  2. Over the Waves  - Mark O'Connor
  3. Rippling Water Jig  - Mark O'Connor
  4. Hava Nagila  - Mark O'Connor
  5. Herman's Hornpipe  - Mark O'Connor
  6. Lazy River  - Mark O'Connor
  7. Rain Clouds  - Mark O'Connor
  8. Congress Hoedown  - Mark O'Connor
  9. Deep River  - Mark O'Connor
  10. Liberty  - Mark O'Connor
  11. In the Cluster Blues  - Mark O'Connor
  12. Jessie Polka  - Mark O'Connor
  13. The Entertainer  - Mark O'Connor
  14. Grey Eagle  - Mark O'Connor
  15. March of the Pharaohs  - Mark O'Connor
  16. Daphne  - Mark O'Connor
  17. Old Folks at Home  - Mark O'Connor
  18. Boil 'Em Cabbage Down  - Mark O'Connor
  19. We Shall Overcome  - Mark O'Connor
  20. Simple Gifts  - Mark O'Connor
  21. America the Beautiful  - Mark O'Connor

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark O'Connor   Primary Artist,Violin
Rieko Aizawa   Piano

Technical Credits

Stephen Foster   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Scott Joplin   Composer
Sidney Arodin   Songwriter
Mark O'Connor   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Benny Thomasson   Musical Adaptation
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
Juventino Rosas   Composer
J. Bodewalt Lampe   Composer
Charles Albert Tindley   Songwriter
Doug Regen   Graphic Design
Traditional Spiritual   Composer
Quirino Mendoza y Cortez   Composer
Shaker Traditional   Composer
Canadian Traditional   Composer
Jewish Traditional   Composer
American Traditional   Composer
Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli   Composer
John Durocher   Musical Adaptation

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