The All-Star Orchestra, Programs 9 & 10
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The multi-Emmy awarded All-Star Orchestra gives you a front row seat to the world's greatest music, performed by top players chosen from over 30 great American orchestras, and conducted by Gerard Schwarz. Two programs are featured on this DVD. Program 9: Gershwins immortal Rhapsody in Blue is featured in the rarely heard original jazz-orchestra version from the 1924 premiere, with rising-star pianist Lola Astanova. This iconic work is paired with Aaron Copland's 1925 jazz-age classic ""Music for the Theatre. Robert Beasers Ground O offers a modern musical perspective of New York after 9/11; Program 10: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakovs exotic orchestral showpiece Scheherazade is based on fantastical tales that - according to tradition - were told by the ingenious wife of a cruel Sultan so as to prolong her life for 1001 nights. Concertmaster David Kim conveys the voice of the wily heroine in virtuosic violin solos. Take a musical magic carpet ride between the worlds of Arabian folklore and Russian romanticism
"The Naxos DVD containing the ninth and 10th programs is a particularly good example of the series' strengths. On balance, these are fine made-for-TV programs that will be of most value to people with some interest in classical music but little understanding of it - although the issues raised in certain shows will resonate with longtime classical-music lovers as well." --Infodad.com, September 10,2015
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Schwarz introduces each of the first two compositions and the composer of “Ground 0” – Robert Beaser – introduces his piece.
Program #10 is a straight ahead performance of Scherazade. It was fine, but not the reason I was attracted to this volume.
There is a four page insert in the package which lists the contents of all 12 programs, and provides the names of all the musicians involved (there are well over 100 , though only some are in each program (and there is- unfortunately – no list of who performs in which volume.
At the beginning there is a large “G” on the screen in upper left corner so this series may have been originally produced for TV but I can’t be certain.
Based on this volume, I can certainly recommend this – and other volumes – to those who appreciate classical music.
I hope that this review was both informative and helpful.
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