WILLIAM LEVI DAWSON (1899-1990): Negro Folk Symphony, ULYSSES SIMPSON KAY (1917-1995): Fantasy Variations, Umbrian Scene.
Catalogue Number: 07W003
Description: Dawson’s symphony was premiered by Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1934 to huge enthusiasm (it was revised in 1952 - Stokie recorded both versions). 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 of 1963 by composer and teacher Ulysses Kay employs dissonance with great expressivity in a work of textural and coloristic variety. Umbrian Scene, of the same year, despite its pictorial suggestion, is lean and somber. ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Arthur Fagen.