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MACDOWELL: Suites Nos. 1 and 2 / Hamlet and Ophelia

Composer(s):MacDowell, Edward
Artist(s) Yuasa, Takuo, Conductor • Ulster Orchestra
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559075
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

McDowell may have been a musical conservative but, in spite of the European flavour of his music, he thought himself a true ‘American’ composer—favouring the influences of ‘the manly and free rudeness of the American Indian’ rather than jazz, which thought had too strong an eastern European, Bohemian inheritance.

The Indian Suite opens with a dramatic horn and its first movement (Legend) is a grandiose evocation of the ‘once-great past of a dying race’ and draws on folk themes from the Iowas and Kiowas. The closing Village Festival expands energetically in the brass, finally returning to the mood of the opening movement.


Review By ,Record Geijutsu,September 2005



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