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America: Brilliant and Bold

Discover two centuries of brilliant and bold American classical music – music with the majesty to define a nation, the brilliance to change the way we see the world, and the energy to embrace the variety and vastness of the land from which it springs.

This collection showcases the most popular masterworks and hidden treasures from a broad, rich and exciting musical heritage. Released to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein, this box set accompanies ABC Classic FM’s focus on American music over the 2018 Easter weekend.

Disc 1:                                                       

1 COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man

2-9 COPLAND Eight Songs of Emily Dickinson

10 COPLAND Rodeo: Corral Nocturne

11 TRAD arr. COPLAND Simple Gifts

12 TRAD arr. COPLAND I Bought Me a Cat

13 TRAD arr. COPLAND Long Time Ago

14 TRAD arr. COPLAND At the River

15 TRAD arr. COPLAND Ching-A-Ring Chaw

16 COPLAND The Cat and the Mouse

17-24 COPLAND Appalachian Spring

Disc 2:                                                      

1 BARBER Adagio for Strings

2-4 BARBER Violin Concerto

5 BARBER Hermit Songs: St Ita’s Vision

6 BARBER Sure on this Shining Night

7 BARBER Dover Beach

8 BARBER Knoxville: Summer of 1915

9 BARBER Agnus Dei

Disc 3:                                                       

1-3 IVES Three Places in New England

4 IVES Down East

5 IVES Serenity

6 IVES The Unanswered Question

7 CRUMB Sonata for Solo Cello: Toccata

8 CARTER A Fantasy about Purcell’s ‘Fantasia upon One Note’

9 CARTER Scrivo in vento

10 CORIGLIANO Violin Sonata: Andantino

11 VARÈSE Amériques

Disc 4:                                                     

1 BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture

2 BERNSTEIN Candide: Glitter and Be Gay

3 BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Somewhere

4-6 GERSHWIN Three Preludes

7 GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue

8 GERSHWIN An American in Paris

9 GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Jazzbo Brown Blues

10 GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Summertime

11 BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Tonight

Disc 5:                                                      

1-4 CAGE Amores

5 CAGE In a Landscape

6 CAGE 4’33”: First movement

7 REICH Clapping Music

8-10 REICH Different Trains

11 YOUNG Composition 1960 #7

12 CAGE c Ȼomposed Improvisation

13 ADAMS Short Ride in a Fast Machine 

Disc 6:                                                       

1 GLASS Opening

2 GLASS Metamorphosis No. 4

3 GLASS Mad Rush

4 GLASS Wichita Vortex Sutra

5-10 GLASS Etudes for Solo Piano: Selections

Disc 7:                                                      

1 SOUSA The Washington Post

2 ANDERSON The Typewriter

3 ANDERSON The Waltzing Cat

4 SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever

5 ANDERSON Sleigh Ride

6 ANDERSON Chicken Reel

7 SOUSA Liberty Bell March

8 NANCARROW Study for Player Piano No. 6

9-14 WILDER Effie the Elephant

15 MACDOWELL Forest Idylls: Daydreams

16 HOVHANESS Mystic Flute

17 MENOTTI Toccata on a Theme from ‘The Old Maid and the Thief’

18 GOTTSCHALK Souvenir de Porto Rico

19 MORTON Frog-i-More Rag

20 BOLCOM Graceful Ghost

21 JOPLIN Maple Leaf Rag

22 MORTON Fingerbreaker

23 JOPLIN The Entertainer

Disc 8:                                                       

1 WILLIAMS Star Wars: Main Theme

2 WILLIAMS E.T.: Theme

3-5 WILLIAMS Escapades

6 HERRMANN Psycho: The Murder

7-10 PISTON Clarinet Concerto

11 LAURIDSEN O magnum mysterium

12 WHITACRE Lux aurumque

13 GROFÉ Grand Canyon Suite: Sunrise

14 WILLIAMS Superman: March

15 WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark: March

Music can change lives. For almost 20 years, the Hush Foundation has been working with renowned Australian artists to create music of joy and calm – originally to support children in hospital, and now enjoyed everywhere from concert halls to living rooms. In this latest offering from the Hush series, pianist Tony Gould and guitarist Peter Petrucci present music that can bring optimism even in the toughest times.The Hush Foundation, under the inspirational leadership of physician Professor Catherine Crock AM, transforms the healthcare experience for patients, families and staff through music and the performing arts. It has produced 17 albums, bringing some of Australia’s finest performers and composers together in collaborative partnerships that engage with the lived experience of people in the health system and other stressful environments. Hush albums are played not only in hospitals, but also in aged care, palliative care and childcare facilities to reduce stress and anxiety. Community and international orchestras also play music composed for Hush. In 2014, Hush’s contribution to Australian music was acknowledged with the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence.Gathering of Kindness recognises the power of the small acts of kindness and respect that build trust and create a sense of safety and security in difficult and challenging situations. ‘When we ask patients, their families and those working in healthcare “What matters to you?”’ says Professor Crock, ‘the single word at the top of the list is kindness.’Tony Gould and Peter Petrucci wrote the music on this album with the Hush ‘family’ firmly in mind. ‘We hope they serve at least one of music’s purposes in life, and that is to help calm our fellow humans in times when things aren’t going so well. Music can do this superbly. It can also give us joy, can foster kindness and a sense that, ultimately, everything will be all right.’ This latest album has been named after the healthcare events Hush has hosted since 2016. The Gathering of Kindness bring people working in health and aged care together to talk about ways kindness can flourish in their organisations and services. These events are being hosted throughout November at metro, regional and rural healthcare organisations across Victoria, and include live performances of Hush plays and music, healthcare book launches and panels, narrative and a range of self-care workshops, as well as updates on new research being undertaken. Hush is also hosting a ticketed event at KPMG in Melbourne on Thursday 14 November.›Pianist / composer / critic / author / academic / educator Tony Gould has been involved in music in Australia for over half a century. A prolific performer, composer and recording artist across several musical genres of art music, Tony has composed and performed alongside other renowned musicians Australia-wide and internationally. His numerous accolades include membership of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his contribution to music.Peter Petrucci is one of Australia’s leading jazz guitarists, recognised for his virtuosity and lyricism in improvisations and artful compositions. He has released eight albums – the latest, They Know That We Know, in August 2019. Peter has performed locally and internationally supporting distinguished musicians and has appeared at numerous international jazz festivals, in the US, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta, Stonnington and Queensland Jazz Festivals. TRACKLISTING 1 All Things Good2 Anthem3 Calm4 Autumn Lullaby5 Quiet6 Spring Town7 It’s Up to You8 A Little Folk Song9 Essence10 Truth and Beauty11 The Softness of Air12 The Smile Peter Petrucci guitar – Tony Gould piano Tks 1-3, 5, 8, 10-12 composed by Tony Gould.Tks 4, 6, 7 and 9 composed by Peter Petrucci.