Episode #2

American Moderns

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The genius of American Pops has always been that its composers could absorb the latest musical innovations and weave them into concert-hall gold. On this episode, Michael Feinstein reflects on how 20th-century modernism influenced composers like George Gershwin, Leroy Anderson, Oscar Levant and others.  Jazz reverberated through their music, but so did echoes of Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff and Ravel.

Selections on tonight’s program include a pop miniature by Leroy Anderson, a piano showcase for Dana Suesse, known in her day as “the Girl Gershwin,” and rarely heard movie music by George Gershwin which was originally written for -- and then cut from -- the 1937 film Shall We Dance.  

Program playlist:

Leroy Anderson: Belle of the Ball
BBC Concert Orchestra; Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Album Title: Orchestral Music I
Naxos

Leroy Anderson: Promenade
Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Album Title: Leroy Anderson Collection
MCA Classics MCAD2-9815

Ferde Grofé: March For Americans
Meredith Willson and his Concert Orchestra
Album Title: Modern American Music (78rpm disc, recorded 1941)
Decca Album 291 (Matrix DLA 2337)

Oscar Levant: Blue Plate Special
Oscar Levant
Album Title: Private 1947 recording
Courtesy of Oscar Levant Estate

Leonard Pennario: Midnight On the Cliffs
Leonard Pennario, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt
Album Title: The Prince and The Pauper
Varese Sarabande VSD 5207

Leroy Anderson: I Never Know When (From Goldilocks)
Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Album Title: Leroy Anderson Collection
MCA Classics MCAD2-9815

Leroy Anderson: Fiddle Faddle
Leroy Anderson Orchestra
Album Title: Leroy Anderson Collection
MCA Classics MCAD2-9815

Johnny Mandel: Emily (Weekend at Sussex)
MGM Studio Orchestra
Album Title: A Johnny Mandel Trio
Screen Archives Entertainment SAE1204 (3 discs)

George Gershwin: French Ballet Class
Jack Gibbons
Album Title: The Authentic George Gershwin, Volume 4
ASV CD WHL 2110

George Gershwin: Dance of the Waves
Jack Gibbons
Album Title: The Authentic George Gershwin, Volume 4
ASV CD WHL 2110

George Gershwin: "Watch Your Step!" Final Ballet
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra; John Mauceri, conductor
Album Title: The Gershwins In Hollywood
Phillips 434274-2

Dana Suesse: Blue Moonlight
Dana Suesse, Paul Whiteman Orchestra
Album Title: 12” 78rpm disc
Victor 36159-B

Jerome Moross: Biguine
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Album Title: Frankie And Johnny
Albany Records TROY1400

James P. Johnson: Victory Stride
Concordia Ensemble; Marin Alsop, conductor; Leslie Stifelman, piano.
Album Title: Victory Stride: The Symphonic Music Of James P. Johnson
Music Masters 67140

Hosted by:

Michael Feinstein

Comments [2]

LES from WDC 20001


Keep this show going. If the 20th Century was America's century, it was in no small part due to the music of this period. How rare and special this program is, along with Rob Bamberger's Hot Jazz Saturday Night.

Jul. 23 2014 09:05 AM
bob korngold from Scarsdale,ny

Brilliant.

Unique music history and sounds.

Keep it up.

Does Erich Wolfgang Korngold come under your view?

Jul. 17 2014 11:02 AM

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