William Schuman: Violin Concerto, etc.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
One of the finest and most underrated American composers of the 20th century, William Schuman 1910-1992 also had important careers as an educator and administrator, serving as president of both the Juilliard School and of Lincoln Center. His music embraces populist and more abstractly modernist styles alike, and this disc displays both sides of his creative personality. Schuman's best-known piece is probably the New England Triptych, a jaunty, exhilarating orchestral arrangement of hymn tunes by America's first major composer, William Billings. His orchestration of Charles Ives's witty Variations on America, originally for organ, also shows the composer's keen awareness...
See more details below
CD
$5.99
BN.com price
(Save 40%)$9.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (7) from $3.95   
  • New (5) from $5.19   
  • Used (2) from $3.95   

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
One of the finest and most underrated American composers of the 20th century, William Schuman 1910-1992 also had important careers as an educator and administrator, serving as president of both the Juilliard School and of Lincoln Center. His music embraces populist and more abstractly modernist styles alike, and this disc displays both sides of his creative personality. Schuman's best-known piece is probably the New England Triptych, a jaunty, exhilarating orchestral arrangement of hymn tunes by America's first major composer, William Billings. His orchestration of Charles Ives's witty Variations on America, originally for organ, also shows the composer's keen awareness of his forebears. But the main dish here is Schuman's great and gripping Violin Concerto premiered by Isaac Stern in 1950, which stands up well in comparison to the 20th century's other masterpieces in the form. While it resists clichéd Americanisms, it still sounds like something only an American could have written. Rhythmically driving, sometimes harmonically thorny, but often soaringly lyrical, the concerto is a superb showpiece for violinist and orchestra alike. The young Philip Quint, clearly an artist on the rise, excels in the spotlight here with an athletic performance and a pure, steely tone. And as so often in Naxos' American Classics series, a European orchestra -- the Bournemouth Symphony, directed by José Serebrier -- shows an impeccable sense of American idioms. Along with Leonard Bernstein's irreplaceable recording of the composer's Third, Fifth, and Eighth Symphonies, this is an essential Schuman release.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2001
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943908327
  • Catalog Number: 8559083
  • Sales rank: 194,443

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–2 Violin Concerto - José Serebrier & William Schuman (33:18)
  2. 3–5 New England Triptych, for orchestra - José Serebrier & William Schuman (16:26)
  3. 4 Variations on "America" for orchestra (or band) - José Serebrier & William Schuman (7:18)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
José Serebrier 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