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Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4

Leroy Anderson is a name you don’t normally hear outside of the Christmas season.

He’s probably best known for his holiday classics like “Sleigh Ride” and “Bugler’s Holiday”, but he was no one trick pony.

Anderson composed well over 60 concert works, many of them programmatic in nature with themes ranging from The Typewriter to the songs of Scotland.

Leroy Anderson also composed works for the voice.

On volume four of Anderson’s Orchestral Works, Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Concert Orchestra are joined by baritone William Dazeley and soprano Kim Criswell for three of Anderson’s orchestral songs, including “Forgotten Dreams.”

Our quick pick this week is another CD devoted to the seasons.

This time, however, the music of Vivaldi is juxtaposed nicely with Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Violinist Lara St. John performances with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, under Eduardo Marturet.

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Leroy Anderson (1908-1975): The Irish Suite: The Minstrel Boy
Leonard Slatkin/BBC Concert Orchestra — Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 (Naxos American, 2008)
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Leroy Anderson (1908-1975): The Irish Suite: The Minstrel Boy
Leonard Slatkin/BBC Concert Orchestra — Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 (Naxos American, 2008)
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Leroy Anderson (1908-1975): Scottish Suite: Bonnie Dundee
Leonard Slatkin/BBC Concert Orchestra — Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 (Naxos American, 2008)
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Leroy Anderson (1908-1975): Forgetten Dreams
Kim Criswell, s.; Leonard Slatkin/BBC Concert Orchestra — Leroy Anderson: Orchestral Music, Vol. 4 (Naxos American, 2008)
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Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Spring
Lara St. John, vln.; Eduardo Marturet/Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela — Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Ancalagon, 2009)
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Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992): Summer
Lara St. John, vln.; Eduardo Marturet/Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela — Vivaldi: The Four Seasons; Piazzolla: The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (Ancalagon, 2009)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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