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Defining Dahl

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1. Concerto for Alto Saxophone: I: Recitative
2. Concerto for Alto Saxophone: II: Adagio (Paddacaglia)
3. Concerto for Alto Saxophone: III: Rondo Alla Marcia: Allegro Brioso
4. Hymn
5. Music for Brass Instruments*: I: Chorale Fantasy ('Christ Lay in the Bonds of Death')
6. Music for Brass Instruments*: II: Intermezzo
7. Music for Brass Instruments*: III: Fugue
8. The Tower of Saint Barbara : Synphonic Legend: I: Barbara
9. The Tower of Saint Barbara : Synphonic Legend: II: The King
10. The Tower of Saint Barbara : Synphonic Legend: III: The Tower
11. The Tower of Saint Barbara : Synphonic Legend: IV: The Martydom

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  • Audio CD (April 11, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000004271
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Melvyn M. Sobel on March 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Dahl's music offers a curiously eclectic blend of dissonance, jazz and romanticism, not unlike Copland, Stravinsky and Milhaud. His striking Concerto for Alto Saxophone [1949/rev. 1954], with its formidable, yet lyrical work for the soloist, offers the widest range of expressive drive, emotional breadth and inescapable wit throughout its three movements. The Music for Brass Instruments [1944] invokes a distinctly "American feel" and is beautifully crafted; likewise, Dahl's Hymn, originally a piano work from 1947, later orchestrated after the composer's death, is an intoxicatingly moody, nostalgic pseudo-tone poem that pays homage to Bernstein and Copland alike. The Tower of Saint Barbara, conceived in 1954 as a ballet, but never choreographed, was revised in 1960 with the appended subscript, "Symphonic Legend in Four Parts." Reminiscent of Finzi's Love's Labors Lost Suite, with a hint of Stravinsky's Petrouchka, Dahl's Saint Barbara evokes a medieval world of saints and heathens, faith and death, in music that is both memorable and attractive. Like many of his contemporaries, Dahl [1912-1970] was both a teacher [University of Southern California] and composer; Tilson Thomas, the eager conductor here, numbers amongst his most prescient apostles. Who better than he to reverently conduct the New World Symphony, and the New World Brass, in a collection of Dahl's most immediately appealing works, and to make this an imminently satisfying introduction to the composer?

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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Landis on January 2, 2014
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I no longer have this CD and don't remember much about it - I must not have been very impressed.
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