Symphonic Music of the Americas

The Music of Alan Shulman

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This CD presents rarely heard music of Alan Shulman in performances by one of the country's great orchestras- the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Like the music of his contemporaries- Morton Gould and Leonard Bernstein, Alan Shulman's music reflects the "gritty, urban style" popular in New York in the '40s and '50s. None of Shulman's orchestral works were recorded. They were, however, performed by virtually every major American symphony orchestra, and conducted by such luminaries as Barbirolli, Mitropoulos, Dorati, Fiedler, Ozawa and Levine. A member of the NBC Symphony, Shulman's music was frequently performed by that orchestra. Highlights of this CD include Leonard Bernstein's impassioned performance of Shulman's arrangement of the Israeli National Anthem, Hatikvah; Emanuel Vardi's lush performance of Theme and Variations for Viola and Orchestra; Guido Cantelli's reading of A Laurentian Overture; and Shulman's buoyant Waltzes for Orchestra.



“Bridge has done Shulman and music lovers a good service in assembling this tribute to an under-rated talent.” - Audiophile Audition

“Listening to this beautifully produced disc made me wonder at the complete neglect in which his music is presently held. This disc will put his name again in the catalogue and hopefully prompt conductors and recording companies to look at it again.” - MusicWeb International


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Alan Shulman

Theme and Variation for Viola and Orchestra (1940)

Emanuel Vardi, viola; Frank Black, conductor

Rendezvous for Clarinet and Strings (1946)
Alfred Gallodoro, clarinet; Samuel Antek, conductor

A Nocturne for Strings (1938)
Milton Katims, conductor

Hatikvah (arr. Alan Shulman) (1949)
Leonard Bernstein, conductor

Waltzes for Orchestra (1949)
Milton Katims, conductor

A Laurentian Overture (1951)
Guido Cantelli, conductor

Minuet for Moderns (1954)
Don Gillis, conductor; NBC Concert Orchestra

The Bop Gavotte (1954)
Don Gillis, conductor; NBC Concert Orchestra