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This month's new release of music by the American composer, conductor and teacher Peter Boyer is a brilliant follow-up to his first Naxos disc Ellis Island: the Dream of America, which hit the shelves in 2005 and has received over 150 live performances, making it one of the most-performed American orchestral works of this century.

Melding history, myth and the marking of milestones, his latest disc is a scintillating addition to the award-winning Naxos catalogue of works by American composers.

“I've been a great fan of the Naxos American Classics Series since it was launched some 15 years ago. I think it's fair to say that, taken as a whole, no single series of recordings has done more to demonstrate the breadth, diversity and vibrancy of American classical music.” - Peter Boyer.

Naxos 8.559769
Peter BOYER (b. 1970)
Symphony No. 1
Silver Fanfare • Festivities
Three Olympians • Celebration Overture

London Philharmonic Orchestra • Peter Boyer

Peter Boyer is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation, widely admired not least for his GRAMMY®–nominated Ellis Island: The Dream of America (Naxos 8.559246). The composer writes, "The five works included on this recording represent a cross–section of my orchestral music. Three Olympians reflects my interest in mythology and history. Often I have received invitations to compose music for celebratory concerts, and three of the works included here – Silver Fanfare, Festivities and Celebration Overture – were created for such occasions." Symphony No. 1 is a lyrical and rhythmically charged work, dedicated to the memory of Leonard Bernstein.

About the artists

Peter Boyer is one of the most frequently performed American orchestral composers of his generation, with over 300 performances of his works by more than 100 orchestras. He has conducted recordings of his music with three of the world’s finest orchestras: the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. His music has received numerous national broadcasts in the US and abroad, and he has garnered seven national awards for his work.

Recognised today as one of the finest orchestras on the international stage, the London Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beecham. Since then, its principal conductors have included Sir Adrian Boult, Bernard Haitink, Sir Georg Solti, Klaus Tennstedt and Kurt Masur. In 2007 Vladimir Jurowski became the orchestra’s principal conductor and in 2008 Yannick Nézet-Séguin was appointed principal guest conductor.

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Naxos 8.559246

Ellis Island: The Dream of America
Barry Bostwick • Blair Brown • Olympia Dukakis
Anne Jackson • Bebe Neuwirth
Eli Wallach • Louis Zorich

"A work of rare authenticity and directness" – Los Angeles Times

"A dream of a piece" – Winston–Salem Journal

"A searing emotional experience" – The Hartford Courant

"A powerful testament… a timeless and timely tribute"
– Daily Hampshire Gazette

"Well crafted and emotionally resonant" – The Dallas Morning News

"A sweeping opus… Boyer’s masterwork" – The Buffalo News

More Myths and Legends

American Landmarks, American Classics

Naxos 8.559749

DAUGHERTY, M.: Mount Rushmore / Radio City / The Gospel According to Sister Aime
P. Jacobs, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony, St. Clair

GRAMMY® Award-winning composer Michael Daugherty explores three icons of “The Greatest Generation”, a turbulent period of adversity and achievement in the United States of America spanning the Great Depression of the 1930s through the Second World War. Mount Rushmore is a dramatic oratorio inspired by the monumental sculpture of four American presidents carved into the Black Hills of South Dakota. Radio City is a symphonic fantasy on the legendary Arturo Toscanini, who conducted the NBC Symphony Orchestra in live radio broadcasts heard by millions across America. The Gospel According to Sister Aimee is an organ concerto inspired by the rise, fall and redemption of religious celebrity Aimee Semple McPherson. Under the masterful baton of music director Carl St Clair, the renowned Pacific Symphony is joined by Pacific Chorale, one of America’s greatest choirs, and GRAMMY®Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.

Naxos 8.559655
COOMAN, C.: Nantucket Dreaming
Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, Slovak National Symphony, Trevor

These world première recordings bring together several works from American composer Carson Cooman’s Nantucket Dreaming cycle, a series of compositions inspired by the island’s landmarks and landscape. Spanning a seven-year creative period, these diverse works, with their blazes of instrumental colour, subtle atmospherics and lyrical evocations of wind, sky, land and sea, create an interconnected narrative of shared musical images and ideas. Fanfare magazine proclaimed that ‘Cooman has something to say, an engaging voice to do so, and real musical chops’, a testament to the talent of one of the most active American composers of his generation.

Naxos 8.559134
BARBER: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 / Essays for Orchestra Nos. 2 and 3
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Alsop


This fifth instalment in ‘Naxos’s continuing and continuously revelatory series devoted to Barber’s music’ (The Daily Telegraph), conducted by Gramophone Artist of the Year 2003 Marin Alsop, features the ripely romantic Knoxville: Summer of 1915, a ‘lyric rhapsody’ for soprano and orchestra, and the rarely-recorded Toccata Festiva for organ and orchestra which, with its fast, furious opening fanfare and virtuosic cadenza, is a veritable tour-de-force for the soloist.

Naxos 8.505233
AMERICAN SPIRIT (The): Roots and Transformations (5-CD Box Set)
Various Artists

For over a decade now, Naxos American Classics has released a treasure trove of music from the United States; it’s a collection of repertoire which both reaches back to the dawn of our nation and embraces brand new works, and much of it is unavailable anywhere else. Listening to these recordings is a way to sonically experience the history of our country and its landscape.”  – Frank Oteri, NewMusicBox

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