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  • Performer: Karen Walwyn
  • Orchestra: New Black Music Repertory Ensemble
  • Conductor: Leslie B. Dunner
  • Composer: Florence B. Price
  • Audio CD (December 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Albany Records
  • ASIN: B00631LTFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Concerto in One Movement
2. Symphony in E Minor

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Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Florence B. Price (1887-1953) studied at the New England Conservatory, the Chicago Musical College and the American Conservatory. Price composed throughout her life, producing as many as 300 compositions. In the 1930s and early 1940s some of her longer works were performed by music groups sponsored by the WPA in Illinois and Michigan. Price was highly visible as a teacher, performer and organizer in Chicago's concert and church music spheres. Her Concerto in One Movement for piano was premiered in Chicago in 1934 with Price herself as pianist. There is no evidence of the piece being performed after the 1930s and there are no copies of the composer s manuscript of the orchestral score. Composer Trevor Weston was commissioned to reconstruct the concerto's orchestration in order to revive this deserving work. Price's groundbreaking Symphony in E Minor was the first prize winner of the 1932 Rodman Wanamaker Music Contest and was premiered in 1933 by Frederick Stock and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It is the first work by a black woman to be performed by a major symphony orchestra in the United States.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles D. Burton on April 22, 2012
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This is music that really deserves a hearing. The more Euro early parts or movements of both works are skillfully written and well perfomed, and contrast in interesting ways with the "juba" elements of the dance parts. Why music as contemporary and relevant as this is ignored by orchestras and broadcasters in favor of the old "standards" is a mystery that deserves investigation. Open your ears and be astounded at what you miss by being locked into habitual music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian on May 1, 2013
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This is a wonderful recording. The Price piano concerto was recently re-discovered, and had to be reconstructed by composer Trevor Weston. It alone is worth the price of the album. It's largely a traditional Romantic concerto, with expansive melodies, varied thematic material, and a good balance between orchestra and soloist. The last section features an energetic theme with a syncopated, 'ragtime' feel. The piece has a strong flavor of "Americana", in the best sense. Pianist Karen Walwyn gives an assured, virtuosic performance. The New Black Music Repertory Ensemble under Leslie B. Dunner provides a crisp, expert rendition of both concerto and symphony.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By michael mailey on December 20, 2012
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I got this because it is different,i wanted to hear other music.
Also i wanted to here music by female composers.
This is interesting because the composer was african american which is rare to hear now.
It sounded not that bad but different than others.
This would be great for so-called blacks to hear to learn from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Britz on June 1, 2014
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This is a wonderful recording of Price's music; she'd definitely be proud if she were with us today. Her music is often overlooked and seldom performed, probably because she was a female African American composer during the times she lived.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Macri on March 24, 2013
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Love it. This is exactly what I was looking for. I am sure it will serve me well for many years.
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