American Jubilee

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Patriotism is standard fare in symphonic "pops" concerts -- which figures, since the summer seasons are usually in full swing around July 4 -- and everything on this Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops disc will eventually turn up in your local outdoor bandshell sooner or later. Well, almost everything, since Kunzel does venture outside the safe, crowd-pleasing flag-wavers in this spaciously recorded collection of Americana. While the name Charles Ives still scares off queasy orchestra managers, Ives' organ piece "Variations on 'America'" as cleverly orchestrated by William Schuman is one of his milder attempts at ear-stretching -- and Kunzel exuberantly gets the jokes. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Patriotism is standard fare in symphonic "pops" concerts -- which figures, since the summer seasons are usually in full swing around July 4 -- and everything on this Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops disc will eventually turn up in your local outdoor bandshell sooner or later. Well, almost everything, since Kunzel does venture outside the safe, crowd-pleasing flag-wavers in this spaciously recorded collection of Americana. While the name Charles Ives still scares off queasy orchestra managers, Ives' organ piece "Variations on 'America'" as cleverly orchestrated by William Schuman is one of his milder attempts at ear-stretching -- and Kunzel exuberantly gets the jokes. "Cakewalk," Hershy Kay's marvelously witty ballet orchestrations of music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, isn't played very often these days -- and after hearing Kunzel's sumptuous performances of three choice excerpts, you wonder why. George Whitefield Chadwick's high-spirited, Tchaikovsky-like "Jubilee" from "Symphonic Sketches" is another underappreciated rarity -- and it probably sounds better here on a good home system than it ever does outdoors. Otherwise, except for a brief detour into a swatch from Copland's "Appalachian Spring," the program aims more toward elaborate manifestations of mainstream patriotic tunes. Indeed, this CD has the tried-and-true structure of a symphonic "pops" concert, beginning with a typical John Williams wake-up call "Liberty Fanfare", getting most of the classical stuff out of the way first, proceeding to the bread-and-butter tunes and marches, getting serious down the stretch with "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful," and closing with -- what else? -- "The Stars and Stripes Forever," complete with chorus. And it's a good concert, though more rare classical Americana would have made it even better.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408014420
  • Catalog Number: 80144
  • Sales rank: 134,200

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Liberty Fanfare, for orchestra - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:24)
  2. 2 Yankee Doodle, song - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:11)
  3. 3 Variations on "America," for organ, S. 140 (K. 3D5) - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (7:10)
  4. 4 Grand Walkaround - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:12)
  5. 5 Wallflower Waltz - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:20)
  6. 6 Gala Cakewalk - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:47)
  7. 7 Jubilee - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (8:07)
  8. 8 Dixie ("I Wish I Was in Dixie's Land"), song - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (5:48)
  9. 9 Battle Hymn of the Republic - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (5:12)
  10. 10 Variations on a Shaker Melody - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:30)
  11. 11 American Salute, for orchestra - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:35)
  12. 12 Star Spangled Spectacular, for orchestra - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (4:21)
  13. 13 God Bless America, song - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (2:05)
  14. 14 America the Beautiful (original title "Materna") - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:33)
  15. 15 The Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band - Cincinnati Pops Orchestra (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Erich Kunzel Primary Artist, Conductor
Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Track Performer
May Festival Chorus Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Aaron Copland Composer
Louis Moreau Gottschalk Composer
Morton Gould Composer
John Philip Sousa Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
George M. Cohan Composer
Richard Hayman Arranger
Charles Ives Composer
John Cacavas Arranger
George Whitefield Chadwick Composer
Jack Renner Engineer
Robert Woods Producer, Engineer, Engineering
David Loebel Liner Notes
Peter J. Wilhousky Arranger
Ray Kirschensteiner Art Direction
Roy Ringwald Arranger
William Steffe Composer
Traditional Composer
Michael Ericsson Cover Graphics
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