Disc One: Edward MacDowell: Suite No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 42; Suite No. 2 Indian, Op. 48; Disc Two: Horatio Parker: VathekSymphonic Poem (1903); Victor Herbert: Hero and LeanderSymphonic Poem, Op. 33; Arthur Farwell: The Gods of the MountainSuite, Op. 52; Disc Three: Henry Hadley: Symphony No. 2 in F Minor The Four Seasons, Op. 30; SalomeSymphonic Poem, Op. 55 The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Krueger, conductor BRIDGE 9124A/C (Three discs for the price of two)
This three disc set of American orchestral masterpieces brings several works into the CD catalog for the first time. Recorded in the 60s by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Karl Krueger, these path-breaking recordings, originally done for the Society for the Preservation of the American Musical Heritage, have been lovingly re-mastered by Grammy winning Engineer/Producer Adam Abeshouse. Edward MacDowells Indian Suite is the composers most substantial orchestral composition and is accompanied by the composers rarely heard Suite No. 1. "Vathek" is one of Horatio Parkers two symphonic poems. Parker based this composition on a work of fabulous excess and immorality, the early Gothic picaresque, "The History of the Caliph Vathek" by the eccentric millionaire intellectual, novelist and travel writer William Beckford (1759-1844). Victor Herberts orchestral masterpiece, "Hero and Leander", was fated to remain unpublished during the composers lifetime. It is given an opulent reading by Krueger and his British forces. Arthur Farwells "The Gods of the Mountain" is music of great exoticism and originality. Though a suite taken from incidental! music for a play by Lord Dunsany, the work feels like a short symphony with echoes and presages of motifs from each of the movements serving to bind the work together with great unity of design. Henry Hadleys rarely heard Second Symphony of 1901 was awarded two prizes and may justly be called one of the first successful American symphonies. "Salome" was one of Hadleys favorites among his own compositions, and was written after he had seen a production of Oscar Wildes sensational and decadent play.
These Royal Philharmonic, Karl Krueger titles are also available on Bridge: Edward MacDowell: The Complete Tone Poems; BRIDGE 9089 William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony; Amy Beach: "Gaelic" Symphony BRIDGE 9086