Ned Rorem - one of the leading musical exponents of Symphonic Americana

BBC National Orchestra Of Wales Play Music Of Rorem, Adams, Diamond And Harris – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Ned Rorem - one of the leading musical exponents of Symphonic Americana

Ned Rorem – one of the leading musical exponents of Symphonic Americana

Click on the link here for Audio Player – BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Live Concert – November 19, 2013 – BBC Radio 3 – Part 1

Click on the link here for Audio Player – BBC National Orchestra of Wales – Live Concert – November 19, 2013 – BBC Radio 3 – Part 2

A slice of Americana, as interpreted by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Eric Stern and broadcast live just yesterday on BBC Radio 3.

It’s always interesting and somewhat amazing how American Classical music is better represented overseas than it is here, for the most part. I can’t remember the last time I heard Roy Harris‘ iconic Symphony Number 9 or David Diamond‘s Rounds For Orchestra (aside from a 1957 Boston Symphony broadcast with Charles Munch conducting). But they’re doing it and we get to hear it and be pleasantly surprised in the process. And this is the second of a 4 week excursion into that largely neglected landscape of American music.

So here is that concert, live from Cardiff. It’s broken up between two players. Here’s the rundown:

BBC Radio 3 – 2pm
LIVE from Hoddinott Hall, Cardiff

BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
Eric Stern (conductor).
Part 1 (Top Player)

1.Ned Rorem: Eagles
2. John Adams: Gnarly buttons for clarinet and ensemble – Mark Simpson (clarinet)

Part 2 (Bottom Player)
1.David Diamond: Rounds for string orchestra
2.Roy Harris: Symphony No 9

Nice change of pace for a mid-week concert – it’s still Anti-Road Rage Wednesday – and Ned Rorem turned 90 a few weeks ago.

Enjoy.

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5 Responses

  1. realthog says:

    The hall sounds fairly empty, which is a shame. All the better for us, of course, since it means less coughing and shifting, but . . .

    • gordonskene says:

      I forgot to mention the concert was at 2:00 in the afternoon. So I guess that explains the sparse attendance. Maybe . . . .

  2. centuri says:

    A concert with American ‘classics’……..wonderful !!!

  3. Michael Gray says:

    Great sound … but how?
    Keep up the fantastic work!

    Mike Gray