Episode #6

Icons of Pops Concerts

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

American Pops Icons: Top Row; Leroy Anderson, Henry Mancini, Morton Gould. Bottom Row; Hoagy Carmichael, Jerome Kern

Sometimes a single work can make a composer famous: Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust and Henry Mancini’s theme to The Pink Panther made them household names. Yet the most iconic composers usually have a wider range than their biggest hits might suggest.

In the conclusion to the American Pops series, Michael Feinstein looks at some lesser-known works by famous composers. This week’s program includes Mancini’s Overture to a Pops Concert, Morton Gould’s Bad Timing, and a Nelson Riddle work written for the color orange.

Program Playlist

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

Henry Mancini: Overture To A Pops Concert
Henry Mancini cond. the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra
Album Title: Premier Pops 
Denon Records 72320

Morton Gould: Bad Timing
Morton Gould at the Piano with His Orchestra
Album Title: Curtain Time 
12” LP Columbia ML4451

Hoagy Carmichael: Prayer and Cathedral Vision from “Johnny Appleseed Suite”
Raymond Leppard cond. the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Album Title: American Visions 
Decca 458157-2DH

Jerome Kern: All The Thngs You Are 
Alexander String Quartet
Album Title: Gershwin and Kern
Foghorn Classics FCL2008

Nelson Riddle: Orange from “Tone Poems Of Color” 
Frank Sinatra cond. Studio Orchestra
Album Title: Tone Poems Of Color 
Capitol/EMI 99647

David Rose: Waukegan Concerto  
David Rose and his Orchestra
Album Title: David Rose – King Of Strings
Jasmine JASCD 597

Bix Beiderbecke: In A Mist
Bix Beiderbecke, Piano 
Album Title: 10” 78RPM
Vocalion 3150

Leroy Anderson: The Irish Washerwoman Suite (Selections) 
--The Minstrel Boy
--The Rakes Of Mallow
--The Wearing Of The Green
--The Last Rose Of Summer
--The Girl I Left Behind Me
Leroy Anderson and His Orchestra
Album Title: The Leroy Anderson Collection
MCA Classics MCAD2-9815

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