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  • Performer: Ferde Grofe, William Stromberg, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Audio CD (September 17, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006GO4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. On The Set-Sweepers
2. The Stand-In
3. Carpenters And Electricians
4. Preview
5. Production Number
6. Director-Star-Ensemble
7. The River
8. Henry Hudson
9. Rip Van Winkle
10. Albany Night Boat
11. New York!
12. Funeral Mountains
13. '49er Emigrant Train
14. Desert Water Hole
15. Sand Storm

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This was a first class job by Stromberg and the Bournemouth Symphony and has my highest recommendation! -- Goldenscores.com, Tom Kiefner

Customer Reviews

This is a follow up to William T. Stromberg's excellent CD of Grofe's Grand Canyon Suite.
David Saemann
Grofe is very underrated composer, maybe because he embraced melody and popularism when the rest of classical music was running the other way.
StackedAktor
The three works presented here are beautiful compositions reflecting a variety of emotions and scenes.
Steven K. Szmutko

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lee Hartsfeld on September 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
These are splendid performances of three Ferde Grofe suites, one of them ("Hollywood Suite") a premiere recording. The liner notes tell us that the 1935/1938 "Hollywood" started life as a ballet, which would explain the uncharacteristically mundane movement titles ("The Stand-in," "Sweepers," etc.) from a composer who usually treats us to windstorms, scenic marvels, and loud historical happenings. This suite's music is marvelous, if blatantly Gershwinesque in more than a few spots, especially in "Carpenters and Electricians," which sounds more like "Triumphant Charge of the Combined Armies of 19th-Century Europe" than a soundtrack for on-set union activity. "Concerto in F" paraphrasings provide some break from the movement's relentless onslaught of... hammers? T-squares? Overwrought, perhaps, but who's complaining? In a lighter mode, "Production Number" uncannily presages modern attempts to recall the Broadway and Hollywood of days gone by, as if Grofe had anticipated cable-TV sound bytes in the days before television. The final movement is the epitome of a Grofe musical wrap-up, evocative of numerous story-lines wrapping up in quick fashion. Grofe's 1955 "Hudson River Suite," much more typical of the composer's later, streamlined, CinemaScope style, is musical enjoyment of the purest style--so much so, that I won't even mention the Track 7, 3:32 goof-up that someone ought to have noticed during playback, if not on the spot. The flattened third of the scale CAN sound good against the unflattened version of the same, but not here. Andre Kostelanetz made a nice recording of this circa 1956, but without the benefit of digital technology, a recording snidely dismissed by one critic of the time as being "of interest mainly for its special sound effects.Read more ›
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By StackedAktor on September 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Grofe is very underrated composer, maybe because he embraced melody and popularism when the rest of classical music was running the other way. (That and he is one of the few composers I know of who can make me laugh and surprise me consistently.)
The music speaks for itself. My favorite is the Death Valley Suite, especially the opening 5/4 movement that depicts perfectly the misery of crossing the desert under a murderous sun searching for water. (That and the arrow shot during the Indian raid- some of the cleverest orchestration I've heard in a while.)
I'd also advise you keep an eye out for a CD that features Grofe's Piano Concerto (recorded by a local orchestra- Albany? Buffalo? in New York)- it isn't a new recording, but is an impressive piece- one of the few works of Grofe I've heard that isn't imagistic.
Take my advice and order this. Anyone who loves Bernstein, Gershwin, Anderson or just wants a glimpse of 20th Century America should pick this up. You won't be disappointed.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This welcome release is the second CD from Naxos featuring the orchestral music of Ferde Grofé (1899-1972), best known for a suite included on the first release -- "Grand Canyon Suite." This new CD is played by the same forces, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by the talented young American conductor, William T. Stromberg. They do a brilliant job.
The "Hollywood Suite," premiered in 1935, is for a ballet about a young woman, like many other anonymous women of that time, who had come to Hollywood to be a "star." Instead she is a bit-player There is an underlying melancholy in the music even in the ebullient, musically apt "Production Number," in which the stand-in dances for the star, while the star gets the close-ups. The bustle of the "Carpenters and Electricians" section is brilliantly orchestrated, no surprise since Grofé was primarily known -- aside from the "Grand Canyon Suite" -- for his orchestration of Gershwin's early orchestral works. The bustle in the orchestra reminds one of Gershwin's "American in Paris."
The "Hudson River Suite" was commissioned by Andre Kostelanetz in 1954 and incorporates a tone-poem, "Rip van Winkle," that Grofé wrote in 1932. "Rip" begins with Rip walking in the hills with his dog and, like Piston's "Incredible Flutist," includes a recording of a dog barking. When Rip wakes up after his twenty years' sleep and whistles for his dog, there is no response, a neat way to show that years have passed. Both "The River" and "Henry Hudson" have a broad, flowing, almost Elgarian nobilmente. It concludes with the frenetic activity of "New York!," ending the Hudson?s downstream course.
"Death Valley Suite," written for the 1949 celebration of California's centennial, is probably the most serious piece on the CD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Martha Geisler on December 21, 2011
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I'm confused. The Hudson River Suite and the Death Valley Suite seem to have the titles switched! Even the samples are incorrect. When I sample other albums that include the Death Valley Suite the music is the same as what this album lists as The Hudson River Suite. For instance, The track titled Hudson River Suite, Rip Van Winkle includes the Oh Susanna section that the reviewer J Scott Morrison mentioned comes from the Death Valley Suite and the dog barking mentioned in regard to the Hudson River Suite, Rip Van Winkle is the track titled Death Valley Suite: '49er Emigrant Train. The music is beautiful but I have no idea what I am listening to. Confusing and frustrating!!!!!
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