Gerard Schwarz conducts Arthur Foote

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Gerard Schwarz conducts Arthur Foote



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27th April 2009




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Gerard Schwarz conducts Arthur Foote


Francesca da Rimini, Op. 24

Air and Gavotte (from Serenade, Op. 25)

Four Character Pieces after the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, Op. 48

Suite in E major, Op. 63



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Born in Massachusetts, Arthur Foote was unusual among 19th century American composers in that practically all of his training took place in the United States.

His individualistic style recalls the classical structure of Brahms while revelling in exotic harmonies and colorful orchestrations typical of late romanticism.

Foote’s ‘Symphonic Prologue,’ Francesca da Rimini, based on the story of the doomed lovers Francesca and Paolo as immortalized in Dante’s Inferno, is a thrillingly original musical vision, and offers a fascinating comparison to Tchaikovsky’s well known tone poem of the same name.

Also featured on this CD are exquisite character pieces inspired by the poetry of the medieval Persian mystic Omar Khayyám.

Arthur Foote: Francesca da Rimini, Op. 24

Francesca da Rimini, Op. 24

Arthur Foote: Serenade, Op. 25

II. Air

V. Gavotte

Arthur Foote: 4 Character Pieces after the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Op. 48

No. 1. Andante comodo

No. 2. Allegro deciso - Piu moderato

No. 3. Comodo

No. 4. Andante ben marcato - Molto allegro

Arthur Foote: Suite in E major, Op. 63

I. Praeludium: Allegro comodo

II. Pizzicato and Adagietto: Capriccioso - Allegretto

III. Fugue: Allegro giusto

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