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Grofe: Tabloid Suite; Grand Canyon Suite Import


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  • Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Basta Records
  • ASIN: B0001Z4PIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Run of the News
2. Sob Sister
3. Comic Strip
4. Going to Press
5. Sunrise
6. Painted Desert
7. On the Trail
8. Sunset
9. Cloudburst
Disc: 2
1. Allegro
2. Andante con moto
3. Allegro agitato

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"A wealth of rare material is included here...will be of considerable interest to Raymond Scott's increasing following." -- All Music Guide

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lee Hartsfeld on September 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm happy to report that this two-CD Ferde Grofe set is a winner from front to cover. Grofe's 1932 "Tabloid Suite," composed fifteen years after Erik Satie's music for the ballet "Parade," employs similar sound effects (including a typewriter and siren), similar machine-like rhythms and riffs, and similar contrasts of dynamics and tempi. Even the whole-tone sections (a Grofe staple) sound Satie-esque here. No waste of ink, this wonderful piece delights and entertains in both a gaudy yellow-journalistic style and a more thoughtful op-ed fashion. A dizzying, rondo-like "Run of the News" is followed by "Sob Sister," a lush and Paul-Whiteman-esque tear-jerker with shades (so to speak) of "Sunset." This is the closest we may ever come to hearing the vintage Whiteman outfit in stereo. The suite presses on with the charming and thematically-diverse "Comic Strip"--the best kind of cartoon music, very sardonic and Les Six--and concludes with the sound-effects festival, "Going to Press." Reprints--er, reprises--of earlier themes occur in this, the most "Parade"-like movement in the group. If all of this weren't enough, the Metropole Orchestra also delivers a suitably grand version of Grofe's "Grand Canyon Suite" as scored for Paul Whiteman in 1932. A miracle of orchestration, this more intimate version of the suite might be better, in some ways, than the one we're used to hearing--no details of chord or melody are eroded by overactive engineering, and no portion of the brass is lost in the gorge. Here, we have the movement as Grofe intended it to burst. The second CD features Grofe's fascinating 1928 orchestration of Gershwin's "Concerto in F," lovingly presented, and with the same refreshing attention to detail.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J S Lasher on September 22, 2010
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Basta Records, a Netherlands-based record label, continues to impress with their Ferde Grofe recordings. The latest offering includes 'Tabloid Suite', a little known work, along with the familiar 'Grand Canyon Suite'. The bonus disc is Gershwin's 'Concerto in F'. All are presented in their original Jazz Band orchestrations, which were commissioned by Paul Whiteman. Moreover, that are presented without any cuts to the music [ie. previous 78rpm recordings of 'Grand Canyon' and 'Concerto in F' featured shortened versions, which were taylored to fit the length of the discs]. Good sound and excellent, informative annotation. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joshua P. Graciano on January 31, 2012
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If you like: early 20th century American music; Paul Whiteman; and/or compositions that are recognizably "about" something. then you will love these CDs. The Tabloid Suite really sounds like a bustling newspaper office (newspapers- remember them?), and although I've never been to the Grand Canyon, I feel I have a good idea of what it's like thanks to Grofé. On the second disc we hear Gershwin's mastery of jazz instrumentation in an orchestral setting. His composition is almost an afterthought in the packaging, but stands out on its own.
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