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Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite / Mississippi Suite / Niagara Falls Suite

Ferde Grofe , William T. Stromberg , Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Mississippi, "A Journey in Tones": I Father of Waters 3:17$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Mississippi, "A Journey in Tones": II Huckleberry Finn 2:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mississippi, "A Journey in Tones": III Old Creole Days 3:03$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Mississippi, "A Journey in Tones": IV Mardi Gras 4:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Grand Canyon Suite: I Sunrise 5:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Grand Canyon Suite: II The Painted Desert 5:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Grand Canyon Suite: III On the Trail 7:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Grand Canyon Suite: V Cloudburst 8:24Album Only
listen10. Niagara Falls Suite: I Thunder of the Waters 3:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Niagara Falls Suite: II Devil's Hole Massacre 4:29$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Niagara Falls Suite: IV Power of Niagara 9:38Album Only

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  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: William T. Stromberg
  • Composer: Ferde Grofe
  • Audio CD (June 1, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American
  • ASIN: B00000IXIW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Programmatic music at its finest! January 19, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ferde Grofé's mastery of the orchestral palette is breathtaking. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his seminal work, the GRAND CANYON SUITE. This work portrays 24 hours of contrasting moods in America's most famous natural habitat, from the stillness of morning in "The Painted Desert" to the thunder of a rare nighttime "Cloudburst." No matter what time of day, you may feel as if the sky is brighter after listening to "Sunrise." One can sense the demeanor of the donkey forced to make the journey "On the Trail." I always feel the regret of another day passing during "Sunset."
The other two orchestral suites on this CD are also great, but they simply do not compare to the majesty of the GRAND CANYON. The MISSISSIPPI SUITE is a short four-movement exploration of Americana along the great river. The NIAGARA FALLS SUITE is overwhelming in its portrayal of the power of the Falls, enhanced by the quiet sections of the inner movements.
Like me, you may be a bit leery of purchasing a CD from a budget label featuring artists and ensembles of whom you've never heard. Rest assured, this CD is a bargain that you will not regret purchasing. I have never been disappointed with a NAXOS CD, and both the Bournemouth Symphony and William T. Stromberg are excellent. Stromberg, a native Californian and only 34 years old at the time of this recording, lends a sensitivity to the quiet passages and incredible zest and energy to the dynamic passages, most notably to the NIAGARA FALLS SUITE.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars American program music September 26, 1999
Format:Audio CD
From my favorite budget label, Naxos, comes a rare combination of three suites by Ferde Grofé: Grand Canyon, Mississippi, and Niagra Falls (8.559007). The first two have been paired in the past, but I have never heard the third (it is a 1961 work) and it seems by contrast with the others somewhat contrived, albeit quite enjoyable. William T. Stromberg conducts the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Frankly I have heard "The Grand Canyon" played to better advantage, especially on the old Mercury label; but the trilogy on this single CD with the budget price makes this a very good buy indeed.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic! October 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Probably everyone with any familiarity with American classical composers has heard at least some of the "Grand Canyon Suite" at some point, but the other two suites on this CD (the "Mississippi" and the "Niagara Falls") may not be quite so familiar. They should be, and this version is a splendid (and inexpensive) way to own them. I bought the CD chiefly because I had heard of the "Mississippi" and wanted to find out what it was like. It is a fine piece of music, with much of the rolling expansiveness of the Big River captured in it. And the "Niagara Falls" ranges from Native motifs that will be familiar to all TV-Western buffs, to the Gershwinesque. Of course, there's no need to describe the centerpiece. I've always loved the kind of music that lifts you out of your seat, and all these pieces do.
If this is a typical Naxos product, I'm sure I'll be adding a lot more of them to my collection.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another "new" work by Ferde Grofe! December 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The close of the last century was a good time for the late American composer Ferde Grofe, with two never-before-recorded works popping up on CD! I refer to "Broadway at Night," recorded by the Beau Hunks, and "Niagra Falls Suite," the last and best performed of the three suites featured on this CD.
The sound quality is quite good, with a sufficiently spacious balance. While the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's versions of the "Grand Canyon" and "Mississippi" suites are merely competent, its dramatic and robust presentation of "Niagra" is an unforgettable listening experience. The piece is great escapist fare, mild in intent but brilliantly written and orchestrated. The asking price amounts to a giveaway, so don't miss out on this one!
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Grofe cd November 1, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
From the New York Times, December 1 1998, by Allan Kozinn: Reviewing: Modern American Music of Ferde Grofe, performed by The Beau Hunks (Basta 3090 832).
George Gershwin`s music has never lacked champions, and it is drawing even greater attention this season in honor of his centennial. Perhaps the occasion will lead listeners to reconsider Ferde Grofe, the composer and the arranger for the Paul Whiteman Band who orchestrated Gershwin`s "Rhapsody in Blue", transforming it from a rhythmically vital two-piano score into the atmospheric essay in symphonic jazz that has been a favorite for nearly three-quarters of a century. Little of Grofe`s own music is played today, except two panoramic suites - the "Grand Canyon" and the "Mississippi. In the Modern American Music of Ferde Grofe, the Beau Hunks, an enterprising Dutch ensemble conducted by Jan Stulen, put Grofe`s ambitions in perspective. As a classical trained musician who had held orchestral jobs before joining the Whiteman ban, he believed that the best hope for a flourishing American orchestral style lay in the combination of symphonic music and jazz. It didn`t work out quite that way, but Grofe was clearly onto something: his "Broadway at Night" (1924) paints a vivid picture of the nightlife of the theater district in its heyday, and one of its passing images - a distant muted trumpet - found an expansive echo 16 years later in Aarn Copland`s "Quiet City". There are folksy touches in the " Mississippi Suite" (1925), particularly in the "Mardi Gras" movement that are precursors of moves Copland used in his ballets of the 1940`s. The 17-minute "Metropolis: A Blue Fantasy" (1928) embraces both overt jazziness and fugal counterpoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do you have kids?
Years (55 plus years) ago, I heard a recording of the Grand Canyon Suite. There I was in class,sort of awake, and all of a sudden, there was this sound. Read more
Published 1 month ago by travel light and smiling
3.0 out of 5 stars Good performance
The Bournemouth
symphony performed Grofe very well and would have rated 5 stars had I not had a copy of Grand Canyon by NY Philharmonic with Levine et al.
Published 5 months ago by James E Durham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music
Love it....gave it for gifts, too, and they also are enjoying it. Can not wait to go see the Grand Canyon now.
Published 7 months ago by Carol L. Brix
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Grofe !
Every college music major should be forced to listen to part II of the Mississippi Suite "Huckleberry Finn" simply for its catchy musical swagger and whimsical bombast ! Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by zerosykess
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories of a vacation!
My brother went to the Grand Canyon by helicopter recently and I thought that this would bring back some nice memories for him. Read more
Published on August 15, 2011 by Downhome Diva
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly engineered
I must agree with Richard Keefer - the sound engineers have taken a silk purse and turned it into a sow's ear. What a pity!
Published on June 27, 2010 by LDubz
1.0 out of 5 stars Disaappointing
Recording Engineer took unrealistic liberties with his high-tech level controls when recording. Low-levels by composer are exagerated and cannot be heard when volume control is set... Read more
Published on March 21, 2010 by Richard D. Keefer
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable release
This is a very enjoyable disc. Ferde Grofé started out as a light music musician and composer, playing jazz improvisations and arrangements, before joining Paul Whiteman in... Read more
Published on February 20, 2010 by G.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Ferde Grofe
I suggest that everyone include works by Ferde Grofe in their musical collections. Most everyone has heard some of his music, some without knowing the composer is very popular and... Read more
Published on December 9, 2009 by Paul Hopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Performances
Some might ask, "who the heck is Ferde Grofe?" His two big claims to fame are, (1) he orchestrated Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue", and (2)he wrote the "Grand Canyon Suite" (which... Read more
Published on September 7, 2007 by Michael F. Burdick
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