Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 3

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The surprises just keep on coming in Naxos' excellent Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Works series, of which this is volume 3, performed, like its predecessors, by the BBC Concert Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. Some hardcore Anderson fanatics might recall "Alma Mater" 1954, a staid and respectful homage to Anderson's own alma mater Harvard University. But chances are even they have never heard its predecessor, "Harvard Sketches" 1939, which is far more irreverent and striking; the movement "Widener Reading Room" could pass for something right out of Charles Ives: placid strings are interrupted by the murmuring winds students and chastened by an ever more impatiently ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
The surprises just keep on coming in Naxos' excellent Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Works series, of which this is volume 3, performed, like its predecessors, by the BBC Concert Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin. Some hardcore Anderson fanatics might recall "Alma Mater" 1954, a staid and respectful homage to Anderson's own alma mater Harvard University. But chances are even they have never heard its predecessor, "Harvard Sketches" 1939, which is far more irreverent and striking; the movement "Widener Reading Room" could pass for something right out of Charles Ives: placid strings are interrupted by the murmuring winds students and chastened by an ever more impatiently rapping ruler. This points up an interesting sidelight about Anderson; while experimental elements were not entirely foreign to his musical thinking -- after all, even pieces like "The Typewriter" are a little experimental within its own context -- he didn't really want to be seen that way, so he held the experiments back. "Melody on Two Notes" 1966 is another case in point; this piece for student orchestra is based around a motive of a rising and falling fifth, the rest of it is all in the harmony and orchestration, which envelops the simple figure in a drapery of lush elegance. Another first-timer is Anderson's arrangement of George Gershwin's "Wintergreen for President" 1932, a depression-era hit from the show "Of Thee I Sing." While it is very short, the piece shows both a mastery of orchestration and a subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor. The remainder of the disc includes some of Anderson's most familiar evergreens: "Sleigh Ride," "The Typewriter," and "The Syncopated Clock," along with worthy if less familiar titles, such as "Saraband," "Sandpaper Ballet," and the "Suite of Carols for Brass Choir." Slatkin and the BBC Concert Orchestra's readings are pristine, but are also spontaneous sounding and never stodgy nor ingratiating in the wrong way. The only thing wrong with this Naxos project is that even with all of the wonderful new Anderson material included, we're only to three volumes, and pretty soon Naxos is going to run to the end of his relatively small catalog. Nevertheless, this series is one of the best things that has happened to Anderson in posterity; listeners devoted to him ought to regard this as a first priority.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2008
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943935729
  • Catalog Number: 8559357
  • Sales rank: 18,052

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Harvard Sketches (5), suite for orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (4:52)
  2. 2 Melody on Two Notes, for trumpet & orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (1:55)
  3. 3 Mother's Whistler, for orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (3:27)
  4. 4 The Penny Whistle Song, for orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (2:40)
  5. 5 The Phantom Regiment, for orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (3:08)
  6. 6 Plink, Plank, Plunk!, for string orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (2:48)
  7. 7 Promenade, for orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (2:46)
  8. 8 Sandpaper Ballet, for orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (3:18)
  9. 9 Saraband, for orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (3:36)
  10. 10 Serenata, for orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (3:51)
  11. 11 Old MacDonald Had a Farm, free arrangement for orchestra - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (3:16)
  12. 12 76 Trombones (from Music Man) - Leroy Anderson & Meredith Willson (2:58)
  13. 13 Sleigh Ride, for orchestra (or string orchestra) - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (2:47)
  14. 14 Suite of Carols (7), arranged for brass choir - BBC Concert Orchestra & Leroy Anderson (11:41)
  15. 15 Wintergreen for President, song (from Of Thee I Sing, musical) - George Gershwin & Leroy Anderson (1:25)
  16. 16 The Typewriter, for orchestra (with typewriters) - Leroy Anderson & Leroy Anderson (1:43)
  17. 17 Trumpeter's Lullaby, for orchestra - Leroy Anderson & Leroy Anderson (3:08)
  18. 18 The Syncopated Clock, for orchestra - Leroy Anderson & Leroy Anderson (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leonard Slatkin Primary Artist
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