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CHADWICK: Thalia / Melpomene / Euterpe

Composer(s):Chadwick, George Whitefield
Artist(s) Schermerhorn, Kenneth, Conductor • Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559117
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 6.99



Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Although an American composer, George Chadwick still relates to the world of Brahms and Dvorák, if with an attractive transatlantic flavour in the manner of the New World Symphony. But these tone-poems and (symphonic) overtures, although they have engaging invention, do not always fully sustain their length. The three overtures are each names after one of the muses. Thalia (the muse of comedy) highlights Chadwick’s particular skill at writing wittily and lightheartedly; the more substantial Melpomene (the muse of tragedy) was one of the composer’s most often performed works during his lifetime, its opening almost Tristanesque, while Euterpe (the muse of music), is enjoyably colourful.



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