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STILL, W.G.: Symphonies Nos. 4, "Autochthonous" and 5, "Western Hemisphere" / Poem (Fort Smith Symphony, Jeter)

Composer(s):Still, William Grant
Artist(s) Jeter, John, Conductor • Fort Smith Symphony
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559603
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
MP3
USD 6.99
 

 


Often referred to as the ‘dean of African-American composers’, William Grant Still received many honours for his pioneering music for the concert platform, film and television. Still’s most distinctive works use African-American forms such as the blues, spirituals and jazz within a neo-romantic idiom. He declared that his Fourth Symphony was ‘intended to represent the spirit of the American people’, an idée fixe unifying its four contrasting movements into an appealing whole. His triumphant Fifth Symphony celebrates ‘the sharing of resources and achievements’ which the composer saw as the key to America’s greatness.


   




Review By Robert Benson,ClassicalCDReview.com,January 2010

…this new addition to the Naxos American Classics series also features John Jeter conducting the Fort Smith Symphony: Symphonies 4 and 5, and Poem for Orchestra. All of these have effusive descriptions that seem to have little to do with the music…



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