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National Anthems of the World

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Stan Kenton performs his jazz arrangements of 39 national anthems.

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Disc: 1

  1. Germany (Deutschland\x96Lied)
  2. Wales (Hen Wlad fy Nhadau \x96 Land of My Fathers)
  3. Holland (Wilhelmus van Nassouwe \x96 William of Nassau)
  4. Guinea (Liberte \x96 Freedom)
  5. Italy (Inno Di Mameli \x96 Mameli's Hymn, also known as Fratelli d'Italia)
  6. Bulgaria (Dear Fatherland)
  7. Japan (Kimi Ga Yo \x96 The Peaceful Reign)
  8. Luxembourg (Ons Hemecht \x96 Our Motherland)
  9. Czechoslovakia (Part I: Kde Domoj Muj \x96 Where is my home) (Part II: Nad Tatru Sa Blyska)
  10. Ghana (Lift High the Flag of Ghana)
  11. Canada (O Canada)
  12. Belgium (La Brabanconne)
  13. Austria (Osterreichische Bundeshymne, also known as Land der Berge, Land am Strome)
  14. Denmark (Kong Kristian \x96 King Christian)
  15. India (Jana Gana Mana Adhinayak \x96 Word of the People, of Society and of the Mind)
  16. Poland (Hymn Polski, also known as Jeszce Polska Nie Zgineta)
  17. Iceland (Lofsongur)
  18. Korea (Ae Kuk Ga)
  19. An American Trilogy (Dixie, Battle Hymn of the Republic, America the Beautiful)
  20. Great Britain (God Save the Queen)
  21. Hungary (Himnusz)
  22. Venezuela (Himno Nacionale)
  23. Finland (Maamme \x96 Our Land)
  24. Sweden (Du Gamia, Du Fria \x96 Thou Ancient, Thou Glorious)
  25. Peru (Himno Nacionale)
  26. Nationalist China (San Min Chu I \x96 The Three Principles of the People)
  27. Greece (Hymne National)
  28. Norway (Ja, vi elsker dette landet \x96 Yes, We Love This Land)
  29. Chile (Himno Nacional)
  30. France (Le Marsellaise)
  31. Israel (Hatikvah \x96 The Hope)
  32. USSR (Gimne Sovyetskovo Soyuza \x96 Hymn of the Soviet Union)
  33. Switzerland (Schweizerpsalm \x96 Swiss Psalm)
  34. Burma (We Shall Love Burma Evermore)
  35. Ireland (Amhran na bhFiann \x96 The Soldier's Song)
  36. Spain (Himno Nacional, also known as Marcha Real)
  37. People's Republic of China (Chung\x96Ha\x96Jen\x96Min Gung\x96Ho Guo \x96 March of the Volunteers)
  38. Portugal (Hino Nacional de Portuguesa)
  39. United States of America (The Star Spangled Banner)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GNP Crescendo Records
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • ASIN: B001QFZN7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Candy on November 19, 2010
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The Kenton orchestra was on a plane headed to England for a series of concerts, one of which would become the "Birthday in Britain" album. Someone mentioned that it was traditional to play God Save the Queen at the start of live performances in England. A big-band arrangement was hastily cobbled together before they landed and was unveiled at their first gig. It was an unconventional rendering and a bit risky as the chart could have insulted the audience. Instead, it brought the house down. The Brits were thrilled that Stan would put "his touch" on God Savers. Fast forward a bit and the decision was made to arrange a number of other National Anthems and commit them to vinyl. I think it was originally released on Stan's Creative World label. Regardless, the charts are each unique and in some cases particularly appealing. The album is worth the price just to hear "Oh Canada". With the exception of the American Trilogy, none of the pieces is very long but each is a tiny big band gem. If you enjoyed Journey to Capricorn or Kenton '76 you'll really like this unusual album. It's the same group of musicians and they may well have been the one of the very best and most powerful bands Stan ever assembled.
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Great Album - Short Cuts. - Every trick in harmony, dissonance, versatile Kenton band book was used by Bob Curnow in his arrangements for the Orchestra...from piccolo to bass trombone/tuba..

Almost five decades later, this, "dog" of an album is being recognized. Jack Sandmeier, the road manager for the band, said he was lucky to sell two albums a date, while "7.5 on the Richter Scale" would sell like hot cakes from the band's live performance of "Let Live and Let Die."

Rolling Stone Magazine had an article about the most touring Entertainment Groups, Number One was the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team all 52 weeks in a year, Number Two, was the Kenton Orchestra at 50. Mr. Sandmeier told me they once did 53 weeks in a row of "one nighters" out of their band bus.

To paraphrase a review of Maynard Ferguson, about this permutation of the Kenton Orchestra, "There may be a classical group somewhere in Europe that can play as tight as this band (as high) but they cannot play as loud.(as Maynard)" Maynard Ferguson was lead trumpet for an eariler version of the Kenton Band when he was in his 'teens.

There will never be a big band as tight, loud, "fat" and as great as this group of nineteen nomadic musicians and their leader, Stan Kenton. - TK
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Bob Curnow's charts are amazing with the material he had to work with but no arranger can make some of these anthems into real big band charts. This is a well recorded and a great band but a very strange project Kenton wanted to take on.
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Although the Orchestra played wonderfully, some (most??) of the anthems started with a brief embellished intro. Possibly because of the orchestral arrangements which seemed more suitable for a Broadway musical, some anthems were difficult to recognize.
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