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ANDERSON, L.: Orchestral Music, Vol. 1 - Piano Concerto in C major / The Golden Years / Fiddle-Faddle

Composer(s):Anderson, Leroy
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559313
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Leroy Anderson etched out his own unique place in American music – a composer rigorously trained in the classical tradition whose records could top the pop charts, a reclusive personality whose compositions became household words, and a meticulous craftsman who could pull one marvelous tune after another out of his hat almost at will. Here, in the first complete cycle of Anderson’s orchestral music, the Anderson family has made available several pieces that the composer did not release, with some first recordings scattered among the familiar and not-sofamiliar titles. Volume One closes with Anderson’s Piano Concerto which, since its revival in 1989, has been receiving an increasing number of performances.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

The Piano Concerto dates from 1953 and is a thoroughly tuneful and entertaining work, not much more ‘serious’ than the pieces which make up the rest of this CD. Beginning with the vivacious Bugler’s Holiday, this collection includes many of his popular hits, such as Blue Tango, as well as some lesser-known pieces, like the nostalgic The Golden Years. The Classical Jukebox simulates a ‘stuck groove’ in the middle of the piece, which raises a smile. The performances are excellent, as is the sound…

Review By ,South Florida Sun-Sentinel,January 2008

The Symphony of the Americas is this region's most eclectic orchestra. It is perhaps one of the most unusual in the Americas, a chamber orchestra that knows no musical bounds and commands respect wherever maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese decides to trample.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2008

If you are feeling down, here is the perfect antidote. But do you know that the musical world came precious close to missing out on one of the great composers of light classics, Leroy Anderson almost settling for a career as a distinguished linguist. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1908, he was an incredibly gifted young man who qualified to study composition with George Enescu and Walter Piston, yet was an expert in Scandinavian languages. It was the latter part of his studies that helped the American forces when Anderson became a translator in the Second World War. It was by pure chance that the conductor of the Boston Pops, Arthur Fiedler, heard his Harvard Fantasy, composed while Anderson was a student at Harvard University, Fiedler immediately realising the



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