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William Bolcom: Symphony No. 1; Symphony No. 3; Seatlle Slew Orchestral Suite

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Now that William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and of Experience on Naxos is beginning to get him the attention he deserves as a composer, a collection like this is particularly welcome and useful. Bolcom's First Symphony (1957) is a collection of teenage hijinks somewhat reminiscent of Shostakovich's First Symphony. It imitates an amazing range of music and composers, including a major tribute to Ives in the finale, yet somehow hangs together. The Third Symphony, from two decades later (1979), is larger-scale, serious, and more challenging in content, yet still a thoroughly rewarding and accessible piece. Seattle Slew (1986) is just plain fun, and a reminder that Bolcom has always been involved in American popular music as a major part of his activities. The recordings are among the latest in the Louisville series (1990-91), so they sound excellent, and Smith and his ensemble give brilliant, committed performances. Definitely worth hearing! --Leslie Gerber

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  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.6 x 0.4 x 4.9 inches; 3.34 Ounces
  • Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ First Edition
  • Original Release Date ‏ : ‎ 2005
  • Date First Available ‏ : ‎ January 31, 2007
  • Label ‏ : ‎ First Edition
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0007ACVPA
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
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