Virgil Thomson: Louisiana Story; The Plow that Broke the Plains

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
When leading an orchestra, Ronald Corp is a conductor often associated with light music of various kinds. The orchestral music of Virgil Thomson might be viewed as "light music with a thorn in its side," so Corp's overall approach proves an excellent match for Thomson. This Helios disc, Virgil Thomson: Louisiana Story, is a direct repackaging of a 1992 Hyperion release that was sold at full price. If the listener is unacquainted with Thomson's excellent music for orchestra, this is a reliable and gratifying place to get started. The title work "Louisiana Story" is represented by two suites drawn from Thomson's Pulitzer Prize winning film score, "Louisiana Story Suite" ...
See more details below
CD
$12.34
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$12.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (4) from $3.01   
  • New (2) from $11.24   
  • Used (2) from $3.01   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
When leading an orchestra, Ronald Corp is a conductor often associated with light music of various kinds. The orchestral music of Virgil Thomson might be viewed as "light music with a thorn in its side," so Corp's overall approach proves an excellent match for Thomson. This Helios disc, Virgil Thomson: Louisiana Story, is a direct repackaging of a 1992 Hyperion release that was sold at full price. If the listener is unacquainted with Thomson's excellent music for orchestra, this is a reliable and gratifying place to get started. The title work "Louisiana Story" is represented by two suites drawn from Thomson's Pulitzer Prize winning film score, "Louisiana Story Suite" and "Louisiana Story: Acadian Songs and Dances." In the first suite Corp's approach bit more astringent and taut than Siegfried Landau's familiar old recording for Vox, which tended toward a more lush texture in the strings. But the suite sounds good either way, and Corp is more dramatic in the concluding "Fugue: Boy fights alligator." This seems to be the first outing on disc of "Louisiana Story: Acadian Songs and Dances," a thoroughly enjoyable manifestation of Louisiana Cajun-Creole music in orchestral garb. It's a shame that Thomson didn't choose to end this suite with a bang; rather, it peters out like the wind leaking from a squeezebox. Otherwise there would be little to prevent this delightful suite from becoming a concert favorite. "Power Among Men: Fugues and Cantilenas" is a suite drawn from a British documentary scored by Thomson in 1958, and likewise this appears to be its first recording. It is made up of busy fugues, some rather sharp climaxes, and succeeds in delivering a big finale. Corp and the New London Orchestra seem to get the best out of a score that contains a lot of great music, but seems to need the images. The only reservation about Virgil Thomson: Louisiana Story is that the familiar opening work, "The Plow That Broke the Plains: Suite," seems strangely underpowered in this reading. Corp is respectful but lacks the pseudo-dance band feel that seems to belong to this suite; the fourth movement, "Blues," doesn't swing. Nonetheless, dynamic levels in the piece are good throughout and are handled a bit more carefully here than elsewhere. The disc also has the advantage of excellent liner notes by Christopher Palmer, and in terms of sound quality, this is your best bet for any of this music.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571151694
  • Catalog Number: 55169
  • Sales rank: 183,608

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 The Plow That Broke the Plains, suite from the film score for orchestra - Virgil Thomson & Ronald Corp (16:07)
  2. 7–10 Louisiana Story, suite from the film score for orchestra - Virgil Thomson & Ronald Corp (20:44)
  3. 11–17 Acadian Songs and Dances, for orchestra (from the film "Louisiana Story") - Virgil Thomson & Ronald Corp (14:59)
  4. 18–23 Fugues and Cantilenas, suite for orchestra (from the film "Power Among Men") - Virgil Thomson & Ronald Corp (16:04)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ronald Corp Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously