Leroy Anderson - Orchestral Works Volume 3

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Leroy Anderson - Orchestral Works Volume 3

Awards:

Building a Library

Featured - June 2011

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8559357
(8.559357)

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd June 2008

Barcode:

0636943935729

Length:

61 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Leroy Anderson - Orchestral Works Volume 3


Anderson, Leroy:

Harvard Sketches

(Lowell House Bells – Freshman in Harvard Square – Widener Reading Room – Class Day Confetti Battle) World Première Recording

Melody on Two Notes

World Première Recording

Mother’s Whistler

World Première Recording

The Penny Whistle Song

The Phantom Regiment

Plink, Plank, Plunk!

Promenade

Sandpaper Ballet

Saraband

Serenata

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Sleigh Ride

Suite of Carols for Brass Choir

The Typewriter

Trumpeter's Lullaby

The Syncopated Clock

Gershwin:

Wintergreen for President

(arr. Anderson). World Première Recording

Willson:

Seventy-Six Trombones

(arr. Anderson)


Alasdair Malloy (solo typewriter) & Catherine Moore (solo trumpet)

BBC Concert Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin

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Leroy Anderson etched out his own unique place in American music – a composer rigorously trained in the classical tradition whose records topped the pop charts, a meticulous arranger of music whose own melodies were crafted with inventive precision. Here, in the first complete cycle of Anderson’s orchestral music, the Anderson family has made available several pieces that the composer did not release, with some first recordings scattered among the familiar and not-so-familiar titles. Volume Three includes the notorious musical gem The Typewriter, in which the machine is transformed into a relentlessly busy percussion instrument, the tasteful and soul-satisfying Suite of Carols for Brass Choir, and Anderson’s biggest hit, Sleigh Ride.

Leroy Anderson: Harvard Sketches

Harvard Sketches

Leroy Anderson: Melody on 2 Notes

Melody on 2 Notes

Leroy Anderson: Mother's Whistler

Mother's Whistler

Leroy Anderson: The Penny-Whistle Song

The Penny-Whistle Song

Leroy Anderson: The Phantom Regiment

The Phantom Regiment

Leroy Anderson: Plink, Plank, Plunk!

Plink, Plank, Plunk!

Leroy Anderson: Promenade

Promenade

Leroy Anderson: Sandpaper Ballet

Sandpaper Ballet

Leroy Anderson: Saraband

Saraband

Leroy Anderson: Serenata

Serenata

Leroy Anderson: Old Macdonald had a Farm

Old Macdonald had a Farm

Leroy Anderson: The Music Man

The Music Man: 76 Trombones

Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

Leroy Anderson: Suite of Carols (version for brass)

Suite of Carols (version for brass)

Leroy Anderson: Of Thee I sing: Wintergreen for President

Of Thee I sing: Wintergreen for President

Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter

The Typewriter

Leroy Anderson: A Trumpeter's Lullaby

A Trumpeter's Lullaby

Leroy Anderson: The Syncopated Clock

The Syncopated Clock

Gramophone Magazine

September 2008

“The winning Anderson formula continues… Performances are technically and interpretatively outstanding, with utmost fidelity to the style and tempi of Anderson's own recordings.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“This volume has its quota of favourites – Plink,Plank, Plunk!, Sandpaper Ballet, Sleigh Ride, TheTypewriter and The Syncopated Clock among them, though there are also several pieces never before recorded. Mother's Whistler especially is so immediately engaging that one can only wonder why. Though the charm of other pieces such as Melody on Two Notes may be less immediate, it is ultimately hardly less real.
Of the rest, Harvard Sketches is a successor to the Harvard Fantasy that first attracted Arthur Fiedler to Anderson's gifts in 1936. Like Vol 2, this also has its share of Anderson adaptations, including one of his suites of carols – this time for brass – and three straight arrangements.
Perhaps “straight” is not an apt description, though, in so far as Anderson was ever one to add his own distinctive twist. In Old MacDonaldHad a Farm he introduces some distinctly comical additional effects, while in Seventy-Six Trombones he cleverly highlights the debt Meredith Willson owed to the marches of Sousa.
Performances are technically and interpretatively outstanding, with utmost fidelity to the style and tempi of Anderson's own recordings.
Richard S Ginell's notes add to our appreciation of a composer too readily taken for granted.”

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