American Mavericks San Francisco Symphony & Michael Tilson Thomas
- Henry Cowell (1897 - 1965):
- 1Orchesterstuck, "Synchrony"13:38
- Piano Concerto:
- 2I. Polyharmony03:48
- 3II. Tone Cluster07:07
- 4III. Counter Rhythm03:58
- Lou Harrison (1917 - 2003): Organ Concerto:
- 5I. Allegro05:47
- 6II. Andante: Siciliana in the Form of a Double Canon02:10
- 7III. Largo06:56
- 8IV. Canons and Choruses03:16
- 9V. Allegro Finale04:51
- Edgard Varèse (1883 - 1965):
- 10Ameriques x: Ameriques (1927 version)22:02
Info for American Mavericks
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony release live recordings from their memorable 2012 American Mavericks festival, featuring seminal works by Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison and Edgard Varèse, in HighResAudio.
The latest release from Michael Tilson Thomas and the Grammy® Award-winning San Francisco Symphony features stunning live recordings from their wildly successful American Mavericks festival, a slate of concerts and special events focusing on the compositional voices who created a new American sound for the 20th century and beyond.
Following two weeks of concerts in March 2012 in San Francisco, MTT and SFS took to the road to present these concerts throughout the US, attracting international attention.
Presented in 96kHz, 24bit, the recording captures performances of four works by three influential but seldom heard 20th century masters. Henry Cowell's Synchrony and his Piano Concerto, with Jeremy Denk, combine Cowell's distinctive musical language with exceptionally expressive playing. Lou Harrison's eclectic compositional style and organ soloist Paul Jacobs’ spectacular virtuosity are on full display in the Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra. This unique recording concludes with Edgard Varèse's monumental Amériques and the orchestral siren that influenced generations of composers.
“Tilson Thomas doesn't play these composers like they're waggish tricksters, or possessed by idealistic amateurism...Tilson Thomas peels the orchestra open like a considerable box of delights...This is an exceptionally fine Ameriques, filled with depth and sonic glare, and not a little menace.” (Gramophone Magazine)
“This is one of the boldest pieces of programming to have come my way in a long time...Tilson Thomas turns in a superb performance, remarkable as much for the delicacy of the quiet moments as for the raucous climaxes.” (BBC Music Magazine9
“Tilson Thomas, at his best in this kind of off-beat repertoire – a man on a mission - should be loudly applauded for his adventurous programming.” (MusicWeb International)
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Jeremy Denk, piano (Henry Cowell: Piano Concerto, HC 440)
Paul Jacobs, organ (Lou Harrison: Concerto)
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