Sunday, February 26, 2017

Ernest Bloch - America (Leopold Stokowski)

Composer: Ernest Bloch
  1. America, an Epic Rhapsody: I. 1620: The Soil - The Indians - England - The Mayflower - The Landing of the Pilgrims
  2. America, an Epic Rhapsody: II. 1861-1865: Hours of Joy - Hours of Sorrow
  3. America, an Epic Rhapsody: III. 1926: The Present - The Future - Anthem
  4. Speech by Ernest Bloch

Symphony of the Air
Leopold Stokowski, condcutor
Date: 1960
Label: Vanguard Classics

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Ernest Bloch (July 24, 1880 – July 15, 1959) was a Swiss-born American composer.  Bloch's musical style does not fit easily into any of the usual categories; he studied variously with Jaques-Dalcroze, Iwan Knorr and Ludwig Thuille, as well as corresponding with Mahler and meeting Debussy. Many of his works - as can be seen from their Hebrew-inspired titles - also draw heavily on his Jewish heritage. He held several teaching appointments in the U.S., with George Antheil, Frederick Jacobi, Quincy Porter, Bernard Rogers, and Roger Sessions among his pupils.


Leopold Stokowski (18 April 1882 – 13 September 1977) was a British conductor of Polish and Irish descent. One of the leading conductors of the early and mid-20th Century, he is best known for his long association with the Philadelphia Orchestra and for appearing in the film Fantasia. He was especially noted for his free-hand conducting style that spurned the traditional baton and for obtaining a characteristically sumptuous sound from the orchestras he directed. Stokowski made his official conducting debut in 1909 and continued making recordings until June 1977, a few months before his death at the age of 95.


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