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« Reply #90 on: July 05, 2013, 04:42:36 am »

I, too, love Langgaard's unrestrained and quirky hyper-romantisicsm and am eternally grateful for Dacapo for doing this musical "outsider" such great service :) I also couldn't agree with you more about the pitiful ignorance most American conductors show towards the musical heritage of their own country. Naxos' American Classics series was running strong for a while, but recently they seem to be recording more and more second-rate contemporary stuff (not all the contemporary music they have recorded is second-rate, though-Fuchs, Zwilich, Fetler and Samuel Jones are major exceptions). No longer are they turning out treasures like the disc of orchestral works by Henry Hadley, the Schuman, Harris and Diamond symphonies, the George Templeton Strong orchestral works, the Frederick Shepherd Converse symphonic poems and the Amy Beach Gaelic Symphony and Piano Concerto. Dutton (one of the most consistently excellent labels with regard to choices of repertoire, along with CPO) could certainly pick up where Naxos left off, as evidenced by their wonderful disc of more symphonic poems by Converse. Ah...this is turning into another one of my late-night rambles-better stop now! Anyways, I look forward to hearing more from you, Bill :)
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