Anderson: Orchestral Works (Complete)

 
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LEROY ANDERSON
Anderson: Orchestral Works (Complete)
BBC Concert Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, with Kim Criswell (soprano) & William Dazeley (baritone)

[ Naxos / 5 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 12 November 2021

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Leroy Anderson etched out his own unique place in American music - a composer rigorously trained in the classical tradition whose records could top the pop charts, a reclusive personality whose compositions became household words, and a meticulous craftsman who could pull one marvelous tune after another out of his hat almost at will.

"Naxos's ability to come up with winning ideas at knockdown prices never ceases to amaze. The Classical Jukebox is a delightful novelty piece... ...altogether encapsulating Anderson's genius for packing aural gold into a three-minute piece. One way or another, everything here is easy on the ear and beautifully played." Gramophone, March 2008 (Vol 1)

"It goes without saying that the playing is excellent and the sound quality superb. The balance of the programme is well thought out and the sleeve-notes are informative."
MusicWeb June 2008 (Vol 2)

"It is self-evident that Leonard Slatkin and the 'band' enjoy themselves playing this music. There is, I guess, an ever-present danger that players could be condescending to Anderson's music when they have perhaps been wrestling with Mahler, Boulez or Pärt. However, in this recording, every note is taken seriously and every bar is chock-full of 'pizzazz'. A great disc."
MusicWeb July 2008 (Vol 3)

"This fourth volume may seem to be mainly something of a gathering in of less well-known material and unusual, long-forgotten vocal arrangements of a few favourite pieces. Nevertheless they are delivered with such enthusiasm and joie de vivre, that this latest collection is irresistible." MusicWeb Oct 2008 RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Tracks:

Bugler's Holiday
Blue Tango
The First Day of Spring
Belle of the Ball
Governor Bradford March
Clarinet Candy
The Captains and the Kings
The Golden Years

Chicken Reel
Fiddle-Faddle
The Classical Jukebox
China Doll
Balladette
Arietta
Piano Concerto in C Major
Woodbury Fanfare
A Harvard Festival
Forgotten Dreams
Whistling Kettle
Horse and Buggy

The Waltzing Cat
Home Stretch
The Girl in Satin
March of the Two Left Feet
Waltz Around the Scale
Lullaby of the Drums
Jazz Legato
Jazz Pizzicato
Song of the Bells
Song of Jupiter (arr. of Handel: Semele, HWV 58, `Where'er You Walk`)

Suite of Carols (version for strings)Harvard Sketches
Melody on 2 Notes
Mother's Whistler
The Penny-Whistle Song
The Phantom Regiment
Plink, Plank, Plunk!
Promenade
Sandpaper Ballet
Sarabande
Serenata
Old Macdonald had a Farm

The Music Man: Seventy-Six Trombones (arr. L. Anderson)
Sleigh Ride
Suite of Carols (version for brass)
Of Thee I Sing, Act I: Wintergreen for President (arr. L. Anderson)
The Typewriter
A Trumpeter's Lullaby
The Syncopated ClockIrish SuiteTo a Wild Rose (arr. L. Anderson for orchestra)
Summer Skies
Scottish Suite

Blue Tango (version with voice)
Forgotten Dreams (arr. R. Wendel for voice and orchestra)
Belle of the Ball (version with voice)
Alma Mater
A Christmas Festival
Goldilocks (excerpts)
Suite of Carols (version for woodwinds)
Goldilocks (excerpts)

Leroy Anderson's orchestral works conducted by Leonard Slatkin (5-disc boxed set)