RANDALL THOMPSON (1899-1984): Symphony No. 2, SAMUEL BARBER (1910-1981): Symphony No. 1, Op. 9, SAMUEL ADAMS (b.1985): Drift and Providence for Orchestra and Electronics.
Catalogue Number: 06S010
Description: Thompson’s 1931 symphony (now in its third recording of the CD era), with its syncopation and echoes of jazz, helped to establish a bright, vibrant American style. After an inauspicious debut, Barber’s tautly cyclical Symphony No. 1 became the first American symphonic piece to be performed at the Salzburg Festival. Adams’ Drift and Providence spectacularly captures the sound of the Pacific Ocean by incorporating electronic elements. National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic; James Ross.