Music of Still and Beach
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Here is a superb CD - two classic American Symphonies in famous sterling performances from the Society for the Preservation of American Musical Heritage. William Grant Still's most celebrated work, the African-American Symphony of 1930, blends negro spirituals with glittering orchestrations to form a work of great character and individuality. As Howard Hanson stated, " William Grant Still brought to American music a new voice, a voice filled with lovely melodies and gorgeous harmonies, insidious rhythms, and dazzling colors." Amy Beach's "Gaelic" Symphony of 1934 is likewise a work that appeals to both mind and heart, seamlessly incorporating Irish folk tunes into its late-Romantic world.
These prestigious recordings have been newly re-mastered, giving these already impressive releases new detail and beauty.
“The recordings are well over thirty years old and they sound splendid...the music of these profoundly different composers makes for constructive parallel appreciation. I enjoyed both immensely and all praise to Bridge for this reissue.” - MusicWeb International