Joan Tower: Made in America

Joan Tower: Made in America

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by Leonard Slatkin
     
 

This album exemplifies Joan Tower's far-reaching skills as a composer and her ability to successfully reach a wide audience. The story of the composition "Made in America" is almost as interesting as the work itself. Commissioned by a consortium of 65 orchestras (at least one from each of the 50 states), "Made in America" has reached a more widespread audience in a… See more details below

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This album exemplifies Joan Tower's far-reaching skills as a composer and her ability to successfully reach a wide audience. The story of the composition "Made in America" is almost as interesting as the work itself. Commissioned by a consortium of 65 orchestras (at least one from each of the 50 states), "Made in America" has reached a more widespread audience in a short span of time than many other modern compositions do in a decade. A sort of fantasia on "America, the Beautiful," "Made in America" was intentionally composed to appeal to a wise cross-section of the American population. Also on the album is "Tambor" -- an energetic and rousing tour-de-force for the orchestra's percussion section -- and Tower's two-part "Concerto for Orchestra" -- one of the few such compositions to live up to the level of Bartók's pinnacle work of the same name. Magnificent works deserve an equally stellar performance. Leonard Slatkin's leadership of the Nashville Orchestra rises to that expectation. The ensemble delivers a thoughtful and insightful performance of Tower's works. The percussion section in particular deserves kudos after meeting the Rouse-like demands made of it in "Tambor." Absolutely a worthwhile representation of the best that American art music has to offer.

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Editorial Reviews

Buffalo News - Jeff Simon
1/2 A strong and serious piece of vigorous, athletic 1940s-ish symphonic neoclassicism in the great American tradition of Walter Piston, William Schuman and Aaron Copland.
Audiophile Audition - John Sunier
Its bold sort of sound fits in well with the "American" sonic palette of Copland, Ives and others, without sounding like any of them.
Raleigh-Durham News & Observer - David Perkins
"Made in America"...is certainly a beauty.... It is a timely piece with arresting colors and ideas, not very far from the mainstream. The Nashville orchestra plays skillfully.
Nashville Scene - John Pitcher
A vivid and colorful piece, a work full of dramatic sweep.... An expert performance.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/29/2007
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943932827
catalogNumber:
8559328
Rank:
328078

Tracks

  1. Made in America, for orchestra  - Joan Tower  - Leonard Slatkin  -  Nashville Symphony
  2. Tambor, for orchestra  - Joan Tower  - Leonard Slatkin  -  Nashville Symphony
  3. Concerto for orchestra  - Joan Tower  - Leonard Slatkin  -  Nashville Symphony

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