Michael Daugherty: American Icons

Michael Daugherty: American Icons


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Michael Daugherty: American Icons

The Iowa-born composer Michael Daugherty is resolved to put fun back into new classical music, and AMERICAN ICONS gives ample evidence of his theatrical smarts. Few bassoon players could resist the larkish "Dead Elvis," in which the soloist dresses up as an Elvis impersonator, or "What's That Spell?," in which two semi-catatonic cheerleaders lead an homage to the Barbie doll. Daugherty does not just make fun of American kitsch, he clearly identifies with it, as in his "Tombeau de Liberace," which is an evocation of Mister Show Business himself, the phenomenally popular pianist. The London Sinfonietta commissioned this latter work, and there are signs that Daugherty is now winning equal esteem at home. AMERICAN ICONS is a good introductory sampler of what this composer is about, though fans will also want to hear his recent opera, Jackie O.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/1999
Label: Decca
UPC: 0028945814520
catalogNumber: 458145

Album Credits

Performance Credits

London Sinfonietta   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer
Michael Daugherty   Conductor
Charles Ullery   Bassoon,Track Performer
David Zinman   Conductor,Track Performer
Paul Crossley   Piano,Track Performer
Alex Sweeton   Vocals,Track Performer
Lisa Bielawa   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal),Track Performer
Christopher van Kampen   Cello
Markus Stenz   Conductor
David Alan Miller   Conductor
Dogs of Desire   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Michael Daugherty   Liner Notes
David Smart   Art Direction
Andrew Cornall   Producer
John Seyfried   Inlay Photography
Duncan Mitchell   Location Engineer

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