American Music for Cello and Orchestra

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American Music for Cello and Orchestra



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28th July 2008




71 minutes


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American Music for Cello and Orchestra

Perry, W:

Jamestown Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

World première recording


Orpheus with His Lute

read by Jane Alexander

A Song of Orpheus – Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra

Thomson, V:

Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra

Rider on the Plains

Variations on a Southern Hymn

Children’s Games

Yehuda Hanani (cello)

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, William Eddins



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This recording presents three important yet infrequently heard American cello works.

It is the first modern recording of William Schuman’s A Song of Orpheus; the Virgil Thomson Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra in its original full orchestration has not been recorded since the 1950s; and William Perry’s Jamestown Concerto is receiving its world première recording.

All three composers worked extensively in art song, opera or musical theatre, and their concertos, while technically demanding, emphasise the lyric qualities of the cello, the instrument that most closely identifies with the human voice.

The music is distinctly American, optimistic and outgoing, while intentionally touching on the roots of the American experience.

William Perry: Jamestown Concerto

I. London 1606. The Virginia Company

II. Settlements Along the River

III. The Long Winters

IV. Pocahontas in London

V. Jamestown: Four Hundred Years On

William Shakespeare: Henry VII, Act 3: Orpheus with his Lute Made Trees

Henry VII, Act 3: Orpheus with his Lute Made Trees

William Schuman: A Song of Orpheus

A Song of Orpheus

Virgil Thomson: Cello Concerto

I. Rider on the Plains

II. Variations on a Southern Hymn

III. Children's Games

Classics Today

(on a previous release)

“Hanani’s cello is an impressive instrument, full of body and capable of an enormous range of color, and Hanani knows exactly how to fully exploit all of its possibilities…the consummate tastefulness that informs all of the playing here only serves to elevate the performances and the music.”

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