Dawson - Negro Folk Symphony; Kay - Fantasy Variations, Umbrian Scene | Naxos - American Classics 8559870

Dawson - Negro Folk Symphony; Kay - Fantasy Variations, Umbrian Scene

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Label: Naxos - American Classics

Cat No: 8559870

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 26th June 2020

Contents

Artists

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Arthur Fagen

Works

Dawson, William Levi

Negro Folk Symphony

Kay, Ulysses

Fantasy Variations
Umbrian Scene

Artists

ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Arthur Fagen

About

William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony was premiered by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1934 to huge enthusiasm. Its traditional form houses a continuous process of variation and introduces little-known spirituals in fragmentary form, while the work’s recurring motifs, remarkable transitions and syncopations are enhanced in Dawson’s 1952 revision heard here. The Fantasy Variations by composer and teacher Ulysses Kay employs dissonance with great expressivity in a work of textural and colouristic variety. Umbrian Scene, despite its pictorial suggestion, is lean and sombre.

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