ERNST BACON (1898-1990): Ford's Theatre: A Few Glimpses of Easter Week, 1865, ROY HARRIS (1898-1979): Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight for Mezzo-Soprano and Piano Trio, MORTON GOULD (1913-1996): Lincoln Legend, GEORGE FREDERICK MCKAY (1899-1970): To a Liberator (A Lincoln Tribute) for Chorus and Orchestra, VINCENT PERSICHETTI (1915-1987): A Lincoln Address for Narrator and Orchestra, PAUL TUROK (b.1929): Variations on an American Song: Aspects of Lincoln and Liberty, CHARLES IVES (1874-1954): Lincoln, the Great Commoner for Chorus and Orchestra, AARON COPLAND (1900-1990): Lincoln Portrait for Narrator and Orchestra.

Catalogue Number: 03K010

Label: Naxos

Reference: 8.559373-74

Format: CD

Price: $35.98

Description: No surprise that there's a Lincoln tribute this year but the breadth of the repertoire (even with the Copland included) is quite broad, from Ives' short chorus (1912) and Harris' atmospheric 1953 setting of a poem by Vachel Lindsay (the only non-orchestral work here) to the half-hour long Bacon work which originated in 1946 as incidental music for a play which had two performances and vanished. He resurrected the music in the form of a suite of 12 atmospheric miniatures. McKay's is an 11-minute choral tone poem from 1940, Turok's a shorter set of variations on a tune used as a campaign number in Lincoln's 1859 campaign. Gould's 1941 setting is a patriotic, 17-minute amalgamation of various American folk and popular tunes linked to the President in one way or another. 2 CDs. Texts included. Barry Scott (narrator), Sharon Mabry (mezzo), Nashville Symphony Chorus, Nashville Symphony; Leonard Slatkin.

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