Virgil Thompson: The Plow that Broke the Plains; The River

Virgil Thompson: The Plow that Broke the Plains; The River

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by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
     
 

The few recordings of Virgil Thomson's scores for The Plow that Broke the Plains have all been quite fine in different ways. Of them, Leopold Stokowski's 1960 effort with the Symphony of the Air -- a brilliant and vivacious recording on Vanguard Classics -- has been the one to beat. Here, Angel Gil-Ordóñez offers an effortSee more details below

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The few recordings of Virgil Thomson's scores for The Plow that Broke the Plains have all been quite fine in different ways. Of them, Leopold Stokowski's 1960 effort with the Symphony of the Air -- a brilliant and vivacious recording on Vanguard Classics -- has been the one to beat. Here, Angel Gil-Ordóñez offers an effort that gives Stokowski a run for his money. There's a delightful swing in the Washington-based Post-Classical Ensemble's rhythms, and a sweet tone in their solos. Gil-Ordóñez's deft balancing of colors and, most importantly, sensitivity to Thomson's populist manner makes a strong case for the music. Naxos provides clearer, warmer, and deeper sound than any of the digital competition in this repertoire.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle - Steven Winn
Two earnest, atmospheric film scores by Virgil Thomson, recorded in full for the first time, by the Post-Classical Ensemble, summon an age when music, politics and the common American experience were galvanically fused.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2007
Label:
Naxos American
UPC:
0636943929124
catalogNumber:
8559291
Rank:
116204

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  1. The Plow That Broke the Plains, film score  - Virgil Thomson  - Angel Gil-Ordóñez  -  PostClassical Ensemble
  2. The River, film score (2 versions)  - Virgil Thomson  - Angel Gil-Ordóñez  -  PostClassical Ensemble

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