Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2

Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 2

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by Leonard Slatkin
     
 

The brief "Woodbury Fanfare" that opens Naxos' Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2, could almost be said to herald the sound of the floodgates opening, as this disc, performed in expertly idiomatic fashion by the BBC Concert Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, introduces five See more details below

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The brief "Woodbury Fanfare" that opens Naxos' Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2, could almost be said to herald the sound of the floodgates opening, as this disc, performed in expertly idiomatic fashion by the BBC Concert Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, introduces five Anderson compositions never before heard on recordings. Given the relatively high concentration of Anderson's attention into short pieces, one might get the mistaken impression -- not discouraged by Anderson himself -- of a Sunday composer who knocked off pieces here and there as a form of recreation. Nothing would be further from the truth; he was a notoriously hard-working composer who also created numerous occasional pieces and arrangements for the Boston Pops that were played once or twice, tucked in a drawer, and never revisited. These range very widely in expression and purpose; "A Harvard Festival" (1969) is a sturdy and solid revision of a work written in the 1930s and based on Harvard student songs. By comparison, "Whistling Kettle" (ca. 1966) was an easy piece for strings that formed part of a projected suite, never finished, entitled The Musical Household. Based around a ciphering E, the piece is strangely nostalgic but unsentimental, and it comes from the side of Anderson that can roughly be called "experimental" in that it is equally invested in sound as it is to Anderson's penchant for delivering memorable tunes. The balance of the program is made up from Anderson's less familiar material. Much of it is well worth getting to know, such as the comical "March of the Two Left Feet" (1970), the masterful Victorian miniature "Horse and Buggy" (1951), and the "Suite of Carols for strings" (1955), one among a handful of pieces relating to the Christmas season written for the Boston Pops. Anderson's music always sparkles with enthusiasm and has that one quality he never worked without -- inspiration -- the component that sets Anderson apart from other composers in his day who were busily cranking out orchestral bon bons for the public. The extent to which Anderson's creativity knew no bounds can be awe inspiring to other composers and musicians alike, but for the non-expert listener, there is an awful lot here to enjoy; the version of "Jazz Pizzicato" (1938) is especially good. Anderson did all the work so listeners didn't have to, and while not all composers are on the same page with such work ethic, it has helped ensure that Anderson will have listeners for eternity no matter what more seriously applied minds may think of his work.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0636943935620
catalogNumber:
8559356
Rank:
222305

Tracks

  1. Woodbury Fanfare, for 4 trumpets  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  2. A Harvard Festival, suite for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  3. Forgotten Dreams, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin  - Alistair Young
  4. Whistling Kettle, for student orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  5. Horse & Buggy, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  6. The Waltzing Cat, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  7. Home Stretch, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  8. The Girl in Satin, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  9. March of the Two Left Feet, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  10. Waltz Around the Scale, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  11. Lullaby of the Drums, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  12. Jazz Legato, for string orchestra (or standard orchestra)  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  13. Jazz Pizzicato, for string orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  14. Song of the Bells, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin
  15. Song of Jupiter, for orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - David McCallum  - Leonard Slatkin
  16. Suite of Carols (6), for string orchestra  - Leroy Anderson  -  BBC Concert Orchestra  - Leonard Slatkin

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