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THOMSON, V.: Plow that Broke the Plains (The) / The River (Post-Classical Ensemble, Gil-Ordonez)

    



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THOMSON, V.: Plow that Broke the Plains (The) / The River (Post-Classical Ensemble, Gil-Ordonez)

Pare Lorentz’s The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) and The River (1937) are landmark American documentary films.* Aesthetically, they break new ground in seamlessly marrying pictorial imagery, symphonic music, and poetic free verse, all realized with supreme artistry. Ideologically, they indelibly encapsulate the strivings of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s ‘New Deal’. Virgil Thomson’s scores for both films are among the most famous ever composed for the movies. Aaron Copland praised the music for The Plow for its “frankness and openness of feeling”, calling it “fresher, more simple, and more personal” than the Hollywood norm. He called the music for The River “a lesson in how to treat Americana”.

*Available from Naxos on DVD (2.110521)


Thomson, Virgil

  The Plow that Broke the Plains
1.   Prelude 00:04:04
2.   Pastorale (Grass) 00:01:20
3.   Cattle 00:02:07
4.   The Homesteader 00:02:48
5.   Warning 00:01:30
6.   War and the Tractor 00:03:55
7.   Speculation (Blues) 00:02:55
8.   Drought 00:01:46
9.   Wind and Dust 00:02:04
10.   Devastation 00:04:23
  The River
11.   Prelude 00:00:40
12.   First Forest 00:01:01
13.   A Big River 00:02:46
14.   Cotton Pickers 00:02:43
15.   Ruins 00:01:19
16.   Logging 00:02:00
17.   Coal 00:02:37
18.   Floods 00:07:39
19.   Requiem 00:01:14
20.   Tenancy 00:03:21
21.   Finale 00:03:23

Total Playing Time: 00:55:35






Composer(s):
Thomson, Virgil

Conductor(s):
Gil-Ordonez, Angel

Ensemble(s):
PostClassical Ensemble

Label: Naxos

Series: American Classics

Genre: Film and TV Music

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.559291

Barcode: 636943929124

Boxset: 8.505233

Physical Release: 10/2007

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