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These world-premiere recordings are the third in conductor Reuben Blundell’s series promoting music by American composers, from the rich but underrepresented (at least in performance) music of the late 19th and 20th century. Some of these composers were born in America, while others, from Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, and the Netherlands, joined and influenced the musical life of their adopted country. Beyond these orchestral works lie tantalizing, and mostly obscured, catalogs of compositions including operas, tone poems, symphonies, chamber music and songs. Blundell unearthed these pieces from the rich troves of the Edwin A. Fleischer Collection of Orchestral Music at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Fleisher Collection is the world’s largest lending library of orchestral performance material, lending to performing organizations worldwide. Alongside virtually the entire standard repertoire, it houses many rare and out-of-print works, with a current collection of over 22,000 titles and growing. Some of these composers were born in America. Others, from Canada, Denmark, and Switzerland, joined and influenced the musical life of their adopted country. While the previous two recordings in the series featured works for string ensemble, this recording series features the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra, a regional orchestra near Philadelphia that Blundell conducts.

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released April 27, 2018

RECORDED AT THE UPPER DARBY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, DREXEL HILL, PA.
NOVEMBER 5, 2016 (BRANSCOMBE)
NOVEMBER 29, 2016 (BURLEIGH & BONVIN) FEBRUARY 11, 2017 (MACDOWELL & CADMAN 1-3) APRIL 29, 2017 (BUSCH)
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 (CADMAN 4-5) OCTOBER 10, 2017 (SMITH)
UPPER DARBY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
UPPER DARBY SCHOOL DISTRICT
HARRY DIETZLER, EXECUTIVE & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
PRODUCER: Reuben Blundell
ENGINEER: Chris Gately
EDITING & MASTERING: Zach Herchen PROGRAM NOTES: Reuben Blundell
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Masataka Suemitsu ARTWORK: Albert Bierstadt, Valley of the Yosemite

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New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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