Antheil - Serenades 1 & 2, The Golden Bird, Dreams | CPO 5551962

Antheil - Serenades 1 & 2, The Golden Bird, Dreams

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5551962

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 3rd January 2020

Contents

Artists

Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen

Conductor

Fawzi Haimor

Works

Antheil, George

Dreams
Serenade no.1
Serenade no.2
The Golden Bird

Artists

Wurttembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen

Conductor

Fawzi Haimor

About

The life story of the American composer and pianist George Antheil is the tale of a multiple taming. Almost a hundred years ago the young Antheil set out to conquer Europe with his ‘ultramodern’ piano compositions and soon came to regard himself as the enfant terrible of contemporary music. His early concerts created sensational public scandals; audience members laughed and exchanged blows when he performed, and the press corps polarized the public. The present production follows the winding path taken by this composer with four standout works exemplifying his various creative periods. Golden Bird (1921), an exotically instrumented miniature of “Chinese coloration”, is followed by the iridescent music for the ballet Dreams (1934), which Antheil wrote in response to a commission from the famous choreographer George Balanchine. The two Serenades (1947-48) show us a composer of digestible and easily graspable music who was searching for a genuine ‘American tone’ and during the course of his life learned that modesty can be a key to success.

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