03 September 2008

Music of declining fortune. In his reactionary 1918 novel The Magnificent Ambersons, Booth Tarkington described urban growth in quasi-organic terms, recognizable to anyone who has watched so-called "development" from the sidelines: "The town was growing and changing as it had never changed before. It was heaving up in the middle incredibly; it was spreading incredibly; and as it heaved and spread, it befouled itself and darkened its sky."

Set #1 - 8:00am - 9:00am

1. Emil Waldteufel: Estudiantina (1883)
The Emperor Quartet: Stephen Sitarski - violin, Jef ten Kortenaar - violin, David Wadley - viola, Maurizio Baccante - cello
In Perfect Time
Avalon Music, SOLCD06

2. Bernard Herrmann: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Tony Bremner - conductor, Australian Philharmonic Orchestra
The Magnificent Ambersons Original 1942 Motion Picture Score
Preamble, PRCD 1783

Set #2 - 9:00am - 10:00am

3. James Mathus & Don Raleigh: Good Enough for Granddad (rec. 1995)
Squirrel Nut Zippers
The Inevitable
Mammoth Records, MR0105-2

4. Ernest Bloch: America: An Epic Rhapsody for Orchestra (1927)
Gerard Schwarz - conductor, Seattle Symphony & Chorale
Delos, DE 3135

5. Chico O'Farrill, Chano Pozo & Dizzy Gillespie: Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite (rec. NYC 21 Dec. 1950)
Charlie Parker - alto sax, Machito & His Orchestra
The Latin Bird
High Definition Jazz, HDJ 4076

Set #3 - 10:00am - 11:00am

6. Tobias Picker: Keys to the City (1983)
Tobias Picker - piano, Lukas Foss - conductor, The Brooklyn Philharmonic
Composers Recordings, CRI CD 554

7. Alex North: The Sound & the Fury (1959)
Lionel Newman - conductor
The Sound & the Fury Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Varèse Sarabande, VSD-5297

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