Dvorak and America | Naxos 8559777

Dvorak and America

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8559777

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 30th June 2014

Contents

Artists

Kevin Deas (narrator)
Zhou Qian (violin)
Edmund Battersby (piano)
Benjamin Pasternack (piano)
University of Texas Chamber Singers
PostClassical Ensemble

Conductors

James Morrow
Angel Gil-Ordonez

Works

Dvorak, Antonin

American Suite in A major, op.98a
Humoresques (8), op.101 B187
» no.4 in F major
» no.7 in G flat major
Sonatina in G major for violin and piano, op.100
» II Larghetto

Farwell, Arthur

From Mesa and Plain, op.20
» no.2 Pawnee Horses
» no.2 Pawnee Horses (choral version)
Navajo War Dance no.2

Fisher, William Arms

Goin' home (song based on Largo from Dvorak's 'New World Symphony')

Horovitz, Joseph

Hiawatha Melodrama (after Dvorak) (Michael Beckerman)

Artists

Kevin Deas (narrator)
Zhou Qian (violin)
Edmund Battersby (piano)
Benjamin Pasternack (piano)
University of Texas Chamber Singers
PostClassical Ensemble

Conductors

James Morrow
Angel Gil-Ordonez

About

The centre piece of this programme is the first ever recording of the Hiawatha Melodrama, a concert work for narrator and orchestra designed to show the kinship between Dvořįk's New World Symphony and Longfellow’s poem 'The Song of Hiawatha', which Dvořįk said had inspired him in the symphony. It takes music from the symphony, as well as passages from the American Suite and Violin Sonatina, and fuses them with the poem, which is recited by a bass-baritone.

Also included is music by Arthur Farwell, who was influenced by Dvořįk, and was a proponent of Native American music.

This recording thus celebrates the crosscurrent of influences between the Czech composer and American music and culture.

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