ARTHUR FOOTE (1853-1937): Suite in E, Op. 63, GEORGE ANTHEIL (1900-1959): Serenade for String Orchestra, CHARLES IVES (1853-1937): Hymn: Largo cantabile for String Orchestra, AARON COPLAND (1853-1937): Appalachian Spring (version for 13 instruments).

Catalogue Number: 12W033

Label: Brilliant Classics

Reference: 96086

Format: CD

Price: $9.98

Description: Foote was among the first generation of classical composers to be educated primarily in the US, and in the arching phrases, transparent textures and rich harmonies of his 1907 suite can be heard the Romantic heritage of Brahms and Wagner which exercised a dominant influence over American conservatoires in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, before pioneers such as Ives and Antheil, whose 1948 Serenade is from his late, neo-Romantic period, loosed the cultural bonds between the two continents. The Hymn is the second of three short pieces written by Ives in 1904: way ahead of its time, we might now think (and composed three years before Foote’s Suite), in its probing harmony which ventures deep into and even beyond the expressionist world of Schoenberg, while retaining a solemn, devotional quality in the slow-moving textures and the passionate viola melody at its heart. Ciconia Consort; Dick van Gasteren.

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