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

Total Playing Time: 00:55:35






Composer(s):
Thomson, Virgil

Conductor(s):
Gil-Ordóñez, 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

Release Date: 10/2007

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