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ROREM, N.: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 (Bournemouth Symphony, Serebrier)

Composer(s):Rorem, Ned
Artist(s) Serebrier, Jose, Conductor • Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559149
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Anastasia Tscioulcas,Billboard & WNYC,

"One of Top 10 Picks of 2003."

Review By Jake Stockinger,The Capital Times (Madison),

"American bad-boy composer Ned Rorem keeps rising in critics' esteem. He will come to Madison in late March to celebrate his 80th birthday with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and the world premiere of a Percussion Concerto with Evelyn Glennie. Naxos, the exploratory budget line, has released three or four CDs of Rorem's vocal and instrumental music in its "American Masters" series."

Review By John Fleming,St. Petersburg Times,

"The classical music world thinks of Ned Rorem as the pre-eminent American composer of art songs.

While Rorem the composer will be remembered most for his songs, he has also written widely in other genres, including symphonies, concertos, chamber music, choral works, operas and ballets. He won the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for his orchestral suite Air Music. Now Naxos has released a pair of well-performed discs of his instrumental music.

Rorem, who turned 80 in October, lived in Paris from 1949 to 1958, and his Third Symphony relates to those days. The composer has said he was "actively sad" when he wrote the five-movement piece as he prepared to move back to the United States; the slow fourth movement constitutes "a farewell to France."


Review By Lawrence Johnson,South Florida Sun-Sentinel,

"Essential Rorem...This recent disc offers overdue premiere recordings of Rorem's first two symphonies with the better-known Third, and the two earlier works are real discoveries. There is a 1950s Americana feel in this music with its lean melancholy and some deft French elements, spiced by surprisingly boisterous finales."

Review By ,Scherzo,July 2004


Review By Justin Davidson,Newsday,October 2003

"The conductor Jose Serebrier has recently exhumed Rorem's first three symphonies, all from the 1950s, and recorded them for the Naxos label. They are bright and beguiling works. His Symphony No. 1, especially, bursts with vigorous open-air themes reminiscent of Copland, as well as Dvorak's melodic odes to the "New World." At certain moments, it has the lyric sweep and visual vividness of the era's best film music. In the second movement, Rorem nods in the direction of bebop - or rather the Broadway version of bebop. He appropriates the jaunty syncopations and percussive exclamation marks of Leonard Bernstein's less ponderous scores, without approaching Bernstein's tart, danceable charm."

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