20th Century American Orchestral Works
KHCD-2013-021DL (MONO/STEREO) - Deems Taylor: Through The Looking Glass (Five Pictures from Lewis Carroll), Op. 12; Bernard Rogers: Leaves from the Tale of Pinocchio (Marjorie Truelove MacKown, narrator); Harold Triggs: The Bright Land; George Templeton Strong: Chorale on a Theme of Leo Hassler; Horatio Parker: Prelude to Mona - Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra/Howard Hanson - Another round of forgotten Mercury recordings from the 50s, first reissued in the 70s on the Phonogram label ERA (Eastman-Rochester Archives), from which these recordings are derived. Deems Taylor (1885-1966) was best known to many as a gifted and urbane commentator on classical music. He was also a very gifted composer, although his music is seldom, if ever, played these days. Through The Looking Glass began life as a work for chamber orchestra, minus "The Garden of Live Flowers" (which became the second section of the later full orchestral version of 1923). Rogers' Leaves from the Tale of Pinocchio is described as "an entertainment for orchestra and reciter", following the classic childhood story by G. Collodi. Triggs' The Bright Land describes the composer's life as a child in West Colorado. The final decades of the 19th century saw an upsurge of gifted American composers, including Strong and Parker. Strong's Chorale is closer in temperament to the 16th century of Hans Leo Hassler than to the century of Brahms and Wagner. Parker's Prelude to Mona owes some obeisance to Wagner, but Parker's Bayreuth clearly was in New England. This CD was produced by customer request, with LPs provided by John Proffitt from his personal collection. CD cover, tray, and disc art are included in the download file.