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The Hickman Media Center Classical Music Listening Library

 

 

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  THE HICKMAN MEDIA CENTER CLASSICAL MUSIC LISTENING LIBRARY

Thanks to the continued benevolence of the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri and the guidance of local classical enthusiast David Truesdell, the Hickman Media Center, in league with the Academy of Rock, can now bring you some of the most important classical compositions and performances America has spawned. In some cases, the selections are only peripherally American [compositions may address America but be created by European composers, for example (Britten) —or even by Europeans who came to live in and be influenced by America (Schoenberg, Stravinsky)]—and, to some ears, perhaps peripherally classical (Coleman, Davis, Taylor)—but we hope you will excuse our venturesome ways. Our practices our in the interest of helping students and staff understand that everything is connected—especially in the United States of America.

All of these CDs are housed in the Hickman Media Center, and may be checked out by students and staff. If you have any questions, comments, or requests, please e-mail the curator, Phil Overeem, at povereem@columbia.k12.mo.us . Thanks, and enjoy. We hope to gradually add more selections to the library. If by checking out some of these selections you become interested in classical music, we recommend you check out Alex Ross' The Rest is Noise and also read his blog regularly.

A note to users: If you do not find your favorite composer, please look carefully at multiple artist CDs and you may find him or her. This is a frequent practice in companies’ issuing of classical CDs. In general, CDs are listed by the “focus” composer; however, the “Various Artist” designation is reserved for compilations that contain many artists’ work.


Browse the Lists and Descriptions

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

Adams, John: Harmonielehre—conducted by Simon Rattle, performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (1994)

Adams, John: Harmonium/The Klinghoffer Choruses (2000)

Anderson, Marian: Spirituals (1936-52)

Ashley, Robert: Perfect Lives—An Opera for Television (1991) (3 discs)

B

Barber, Samuel: Adagio for Strings/Violin Concerto/Orchestral and Chamber Works—conducted by Leonard Slatkin and performed by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (1989)

Beach, Amy: Gaelic Symphony/Piano Concerto—conducted by Kenneth Schernmerhorn, performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein, Leonard: An American Life

Britten, Benjamin: The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, op. 35/Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, op. 74/Billy Budd, op. 50—conducted by Benjamin Britten, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra (chorus master, John McCarthy) (1968-9)

Bryars, Gavin: Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (featuring Tom Waits) (1989

Bryars, Gavin: The Sinking of the Titanic (1972)

C

Cage, John, and David Tudor: Indeterminacy (1950-9)

Cage, John: Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano—performed by Boris Berman (1998)

Carpenter, John: Adventures in a Perambulator/Symphonies # 1 & 2—conducted by John McLaughlin Williams, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine (1999)

Carter, Elliott: Elliott Carter—conducted by Lorraine Vaillancourt, performed by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (2001)

Cliburn, Van: Rachmaninoff Concerto #3—conducted by Kiril Kondrashin, performed by Symphony of the Air/Prokofiev Concerto #3—conducted by Walter Hendl, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Cliburn, piano throughout. (1958 and 1960, respectively)

Coleman, Ornette: Skies of America—conducted by David Measham, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Coleman (1972)

Copland, Aaron: Greatest Hits

Copland, Aaron: Symphony #3/Symphony for Organ and Orchestra—conducted by Leonard Bernstein, performed by the New York Philharmonic (1969)

Corigliano, John: A Dylan Thomas Trilogy—conducted by Leonard Slatkin, performed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra (2007)

Creston, Paul: Symphonies Nos. 1-3—conducted by Theodore Kuchar, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine (2000)

Crumb, George: Unto the Hills—conducted by James Freeman, performed by Orchestra 2001 (Ann Crumb, soprano)/Black Angels—performed by the Miro Quartet (2003)

D

Davis, Miles, and Gil Evans: Porgy and Bess (1958-9)

Davis, Miles, and Gil Evans: Sketches of Spain (1959-60)

E

Europe, Lieutenant James Reese: 369th U. S. Infantry “Hellfighters” Band—The Complete Recordings (1919)

F

G

Gershwin, George: Rhapsody in Blue/An American in Paris—conducted by Leonard Bernstein, performed by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic (respectively), Bernstein, piano (1959)

Glass, Phillip, and Robert Wilson: Einstein at the Beach (1979)(four discs)

Gottschalk, Louis Moreau: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2/Escenas Campestres/Celebre Tarantelle—conducted by Richard Rosenberg, performed by the Hot Springs Festival Symphony Orchestra (2006)

Gould, Glenn: A State of Wonder—The Complete Goldberg Variations, 1955 & 1981

Gould, Morton: Spirituals in Five Movements/Fall River Legend (Ballet Suite)/Barber, Samuel: Media (Ballet Suite)—conducted by Howard Hanson, performed by Eastman-Rochester Orchestra (1959)

Grofe, Ferde: Grand Canyon Suite/Mississippi Suite/Niagara Falls Suite—conducted by William T. Stroberg, performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (1998)

H

Hailstork, Adolphus: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3—conducted by David Lockington, performed by the Grand Rapids Symphony (2002-3)

Hanson, Howard: Symphony #1 (“Nordic”) and Symphony # 2 (“Romantic”)—Elegy in Memory of of Serge Koussevitky—conducted by Gerard Schwarz, performed by the Seattle Symphony.

Herrmann, Bernard: Psycho/Marnie/North by Northwest/Vertigo/Torn Curtain/Fahrenheit 451/Taxi Driver—conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1996)

Higdon, Jennifer: Piano Trio/Voices/Impressions—various performers including the Cypress String Quartet (1995, 2003)

Hovhaness, Alan: Mysterious Mountain/Stravinsky, Igor: The Fairy’s Kiss—Divertimento/Prokofiev, Sergei: Lieutenant Kije—conducted by Fritze Reiner, performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1957-8)

I

Ives, Charles: Symphony #2/The Gong on the Hook and Ladder or Firemen’s Parade on Main Street/Tone Roads #1/Hymn: Largo Cantabile/Hallowe’en/Central Park in the Dark/The Unanswered Question—conducted by Leonard Bernstein, performed by the New York Philharmonic (1987-8)

Ives, Charles: Variations on ‘America’/Old Home Days/The Alcotts—conducted by Colonel Timothy W. Foley, performed by ‘The President’s Own’ United States Marine Band (2003)

J

K

L

M

Marsalis, Wynton: Blood on the Fields (1997) (3 discs)

N

O

P

R

Reich, Steve: Music for 18 Musicians (1978)

Riley, Terry: A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969)

Riley, Terry, with La Monte Young, et al.: Music for The Gift (1960-5)

S

Schoenberg, Arnold: Piano Concerto/Pelleas und Melisande—conducted by Michael Schonwandt, performed by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, and conducted by Matthias Bamert, performed by the Scottish National Orchestra, respectively (1988 and 1995)

Schuman, William: Violin Concerto/New England Triptych (also includes Charles Ives: Variations on ‘America’)—conducted by Jose Serebrier, performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (2000)

Shapero, Harold: Nine-Minute Overture/Symphony for Classical Orchestra—conducted by Andre Previn, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic (1988)

T

Taylor, Cecil: Unit Structures (1966)

Thomson, Virgil: The Plow That Broke the Plains/The River—conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez, performed by the Post-Classical Ensemble (2005)

Tower, Joan: Made in America/Tambor/Concerto for Orchestra (2007)

U

V

Various Artists: Bernstein Century—American Masters: Harris, Roy: Symphony #3/Thompson, Randall:  Symphony #2 in E Minor/Diamond, David: Symphony #4—Conducted by Leonard Bernstein, performed by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra (1959, 1962, 1969)

Various Artists: Howard Hanson Conducts…the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra—Barber, Samuel: Capricorn Concerto, Op. 21/Piston, Walter: The Incredible Flutist/Griffes, Charles Tomlinson: Poem for Flute and Orchestra/Kennan, Kent: Three Pieces for Orchestra/McCauley, William: 5 Miniatures for Flute and Strings/Bergsma, William: Gold and the Senor Commandante Suite (Ballet Suite) (1957-9)

W

Wagner, Melinda: Concerto for Flute, Strings, and Percussion/Ruders, Poul: Concerto for Pieces—conducted, respectively, by Mark Mandarano and the Westchester Philharmonic and Andre Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchesta (2000)

X

Y

Z

Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: Symphony #1 (Three Movements for Orchestra) (1986)


Last Updated: October 20, 2009

 

 

 

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