Remembering JFK: 50th Anniversary Concert

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Remembering JFK: 50th Anniversary Concert

Label:

Ondine

Catalogue No:

ODE11902D

Discs:

2

Release date:

31st May 2011

Barcode:

0761195119020

Length:

2 hours 6 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Remembering JFK: 50th Anniversary Concert


Bernstein:

Fanfare for the Inauguration of JFK

arr. Sid Ramin. world première recording. Recorded live in January 2011 at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

National Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach

West Side Story: Symphonic Dances

Recorded live in January 2011 at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

National Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach

Gershwin:

Piano Concerto in F major

Recorded live in January 2011 at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

Tzimon Barto (piano)

National Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach

Rhapsody in Blue

Earl Wild (piano)

National Symphony Orchestra, Howard Mitchell

Lieberson, P:

Remembering JFK (An American Elegy)

Excerpts from speeches by Pres. Kennedy. world premiere recording. Recorded live in January 2011 at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

Richard Dreyfuss (narrator)

National Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach

Montaine:

From Sea to shining Sea (Overture)

Georgetown University Glee Club, Howard Mitchell

Smith, J S:

The Star-Spangled Banner

Thompson, R:

The Testament of Freedom: 1st Movement

Georgetown University Glee Club, Howard Mitchell


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Celebrating its 80th anniversary season, the NSO here presents its first recording under its new music director. In the U.S., Christoph Eschenbach has previously held music directorships with Houston Symphony, Ravinia Festival, and The Philadelphia Orchestra.

This new release celebrates the memory of John F. Kennedy, and the 50th anniversary of his inauguration as U.S. President, by coupling new and historic recordings by the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C.

CD 1 features Christoph Eschenbach conducting the January 2011 anniversary concert at the Kennedy Center. It includes the world premiere recording of Peter Lieberson’s Remembering JFK (An American Elegy), with famous actor Richard Dreyfuss narrating excerpts from speeches of President Kennedy. Also included are Bernstein’s popular Symphonic Dances from ‘West Side Story’.

CD 2 features excerpts from the previously unreleased 1961 Inaugural Concert under then-Music Director Howard Mitchell, including radio commentary from the original broadcast.

Leonard Bernstein: Fanfare No. 1 for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy (orch. S. Ramin)

Fanfare No. 1 for the Inauguration of John F. Kennedy (orch. S. Ramin)

Peter Lieberson: Remembering JFK, "An American Elegy"

Remembering JFK, "An American Elegy"

Leonard Bernstein: West Side Story: Symphonic Dances

I. Prologue

II. Somewhere

III. Scherzo

IV. Mambo

V. Cha-cha

VI. Meeting Scene

VII. Cool - VIII. Fugue

IX. Rumble

X. Finale

George Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F major

I. Allegro moderato - Cantabile - Poco meno scherzando

II. Andante con moto

III. Allegro con brio

Inaugural Concert Radio Commentary

Inaugural Concert Radio Commentary

John Stafford Smith: The Star Spangled Banner

The Star Spangled Banner

Inaugural Concert Radio Commentary

Inaugural Concert Radio Commentary

John La Montaine: From Sea to Shining Sea

From Sea to Shining Sea

Inaugural Concert Radio Commentary

Inaugural Concert Radio Commentary

Randall Thompson: The Testament of Freedom

The Testament of Freedom: The God Who Gave Us Life

Inaugural Concert Radio Commentary

Inaugural Concert Radio Commentary

George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue *

Rhapsody in Blue

Inaugural Concert Radio Commentary

Inaugural Concert Radio Commentary

BBC Music Magazine

November 2011

***

“Peter Lieberson's Remembering JFK, which sadly has now become a memorial to the composer as well, sets excerpts from Kennedy's speeches, drily delivered by Richard Dreyfuss, against an orchestral background.”

Classic FM Magazine

September 2011

***

“as historical document, Remembering JFK is an absorbing time capsule.”

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