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Saturday, May 5, 2018 Permalink

The Southern Connection

Currier and Ives' romanticized New Orleans Levee in 1884


When we talk of the “American South” it’s often more about shared culture and history than strict geography. And yet there are distinctive regions and cultures, and it is here that music plays a role in reflecting those unique qualities.

In this hour, a summer morning along a Florida river, Cajun dances in Louisiana, a Kentucky mountain ballad, the mighty Mississippi, Sunday in an African American church, and more.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Gershwin: Complete Works for Orchestra [for "Catfish Row"]  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin Vox CDX 5007  047163500725
Delius: Florida Suite Ulster Orchestra, Vernon Handley Chandos CHAN 8413 095115662823
Thomson: Louisiana Story [for Acadian Songs & Dances] New London Orchestra, Ronald Corp Helios CDH55169 034571151694 
Price: Mississippi River Suite The Women’s Philharmonic, Apo Hsu Koch 3-7518-2 HI 099923751823
Gottschalk: Piano Music [for “The Banjo”] Philip Martin Hyperion CDA66459 034571164595
A Festive Sunday with William Grant Still [for Sunday Symphony] North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Carter R. Woods Cambria CAMCD-1060 021475010608
Fiesta in Hi-Fi [for Kentucky Mountain Portraits by Lyndol Mitchell] Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson Mercury Living Presence 434 324-2 028943432429
Hadley: Symphony No. 4 National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, John McLaughlin Williams Naxos 8.559064 636943906422
Delius: Appalachia BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Andrew Davis Chandos CHSA 5088 095115508824

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