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FREDERICK FENNELL - EASTMAN-ROCHESTER POPS ORCHESTRA
- THE MUSIC OF LEROY ANDERSON
FR4 FR3 stampers. Not a "vendor" copy. Color back cover.
has Mercury inner sleeve VG++
Cover cornerwear top right bottom left front
1. SANDPAPER BALLET
2. FORGOTTEN DREAMS
4. TRUMPETER'S LULLABY
5. THE PENNY-WHISTLE SONG
6. SLEIGH RIDE
7. BUGLER'S HOLIDAY
1. IRISH SUITE
I. THE IRISH WASHERWOMAN
II. THE MINSTREL BOY
III. THE RAKES OF MALLOW
IV. THE WEARING OF THE GREEN
V. THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER
VI. THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND
Music by Leroy Anderson is a joy to behold. All of his compositions are deceptively simple, but profound in their insight into the subject each one addresses.
For example, the bridge of Serenata could have been written by J. S. Bach, yet is also as warm and loving as any lover's serenade.
For the orchestra's musicians Anderson's music is maddenly difficult to play with the required precision needed for such "simple" music. Performers always find that it is very easy to mess up Anderson's music.
Composer/conductor John Williams acknowledged Anderson as equally an important composer as Copland and Bernstein saying Anderson's writing of "the bon-bon" belongs as much to the meal as the entree.
At their heart every Anderson melody refreshes our own hearts with their simple honesty and clarity. How fortunate we are that Anderson's own heart had such purity that can reach any audience
the two albums recorded by Frederick Fennell and the Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestra in the late 1950s constitute the finest interpretation of Anderson's work that I have ever heard.