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American Pop - The Works of Michael Daugherty

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Philadelphia Stories/UFO (Naxos 8.559165)

Route 66/Ghost Ranch/Sunset Strip/Time Machine (Naxos 8.559613)

Metropolis Symphony/Deus ex Machina (Naxos 8.559635) 

Evelyn Glennie, percussion/Colorado Symphony /Bournemouth Symphony /Marin Alsop/Terrence Wilson, piano/Nashville Symphony/Giancarlo Guerrero

 

Naxos Records 8.503267, 209:22 (3-CD box set) / April 2013

REVIEW FROM AUDIOPHILE AUDITION, JUNE 21, 2013 By now, anyone who follows contemporary American classical music knows that Michael Daugherty is one of the country’s greatest and most original composers. Anyone who does not know ... Continue Reading
From A to Z

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Fallingwater

New Century Chamber Orchestra
Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, violin

 

NSS Music / May 2014

Mount Rushmore

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Mount Rushmore/Radio City/The Gospel According to Sister Aimee

Paul Jacobs, organ
Pacific Symphony
Carl St. Clair, conductor



Naxos 8.559749 / February 2013

REVIEW FROM MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL, AUGUST 2013 The last time I saw Mount Rushmore Eva Marie Saint was hanging off it in  North by Northwest , and the last time I heard the music of Michael ... Continue Reading
Metropolis Symphony

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Metropolis Symphony/Deus ex Machina

Terrence Wilson, piano
Nashville Symphony Orchestra
                                      Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor



Naxos 8.55963 / September 2009

REVIEW FROM MUSICWEB INTERNATIONAL, NOVEMBER 2009 Without a doubt Michael Daugherty has a nifty knack for a name. It’s a bit like a good news headline—you find yourself drawn in out of curiosity about what ... Continue Reading
Route 66

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Route 66/Ghost Ranch/Sunset Strip/Time Machine

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor

 

Naxos 8.559613 / January 2011

  REVIEW FROM GRAMOPHONE, APRIL 2011 Route 66, the famous highway that runs from Chicago to Los Angeles, acts as a rather appropriate metaphor for Michael Daugherty’s music. The experience of listening to his music is ... Continue Reading
American Byways

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Firecracker / Regrets Only / Rosa Parks Boulevard
Walk the Walk / Blue like an Orange
Diamond in the Rough / Bizarro

University of Central Oklahoma Wind Symphony & Friends
Brian Lamb, conductors

Equilibrium CD112 / December 2012

REVIEW FROM AUDIOPHILE AUDITION, FEBRUARY 2013 Michael Daugherty is one of America’s very best and best known living composers. The Iowa native (Cedar Rapids) is on the composition faculty of the University of Michigan and ... Continue Reading
Jackie O DVD

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Bologna Opera, Italy
Christopher Franklin, conductor

 

Dynamic 33605 / July 2009

REVIEW FROM GRAMOPHONE “Here is the news, brought to you in heroic couplets…by the opera composer!” was how  The Independent  once greeted the late 1980s/’90s phenomenon of operas whose characters stepped straight out of the ... Continue Reading
Raise the Roof

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Asclepius / Raise the Roof / Bells for Stokowski
Brooklyn Bridge / Niagara Falls

Michael Wayne, clarinet / Andre Dowell, timpani
University of Michigan Symphony Band
Michael Haithcock, conductor

Equilibrium Records / February 2008

REVIEW FROM ALL MUSIC GUIDE The band idiom is favorable for the music of Michigan-based composer Michael Daugherty, who combines a hard Stravinskian edge with references to popular culture and to brass-ensemble polyphony. Both the ... Continue Reading
UFO

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Desi / Motown Metal / Niagara Falls
Red Cape Tango / UFO

Evelyn Glennie, solo percussion
North Texas Wind Symphony
Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor

Klavier K 11121 / November 2001

Bells for Stokowski

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University of Texas Wind Ensemble
Jerry Junkin, conductor

 

 

Reference Recordings / January 2004

REVIEW FROM CLASSICS TODAY, JANUARY 11, 2006 The disc title promises sonority, sonority, sonority. The 24-bit HDCD stereo recording begins with timpani, then more drums, then other percussion, then brass, all roaring and pounding out ... Continue Reading
Philadelphia Stories: UFO

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Philadelphia Stories/UFO

Evelyn Glennie, percussion
Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Marin Alsop, conductor

Naxos 8559165 / October 2004

REVIEW FROM CLASSICS TODAY Michael Daugherty gets a lot of attention these days because of his music’s reference to pop culture–and to the extent that he follows Dvorák’s dictum that there’s no inherent conflict between ... Continue Reading
American Originals

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Tell My Fortune

Katherine DeJongh, flute
Katherine Borst Jones, alto flute
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra
Timothy Russell, conductor



Summit Records / January 2005

REVIEW FROM CLASSICS TODAY Three world premieres and a classic work that truly epitomizes the terms “American” and “original” make up a somewhat odd mix of selections for a CD program but that probably would ... Continue Reading
American Spectrum

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Sunset Strip

North Carolina Symphony
Grant Llewellyn, conductor

 

 

Bis / February 2009

REVIEW FROM CLASSICS TODAY, MARCH 2009 This enterprising collection of attractive, listenable contemporary music really is great fun. Michael Daugherty’s Sunset Strip offers a typically eclectic mix of classical and popular music styles, including in ... Continue Reading
Fire and Blood

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Fire and Blood/Motor City Triptych/Raise The Roof

Ida Kavafian, violin
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi, conductor

 

Naxos 8.559372 / August 2009

REVIEW FROM CLASSICS TODAY, AUGUST 12, 2009 Michael Daugherty is a wonderful composer, and these three pieces make splendid listening. Fire and Blood is a violin concerto, and a damn fine one. Violin concertos are ... Continue Reading
American Contrasts

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Sundown on South Street from Philadelphia Stories/Hell's Angels

Bassoon Brothers
Oregon Symphony Orchestra
James DePreist, conductor

 

Delos Records / May 2003

REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 2004 Benjamin Lees’s catalog contains a number of short and punchy orchestral pieces—Profile, Spectrum, Concertante breve, Mobiles, and Borealis among others—which should be especially useful for opening or filling out ... Continue Reading
Sounds of the Americas

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Bay of Pigs

Manuel Barrueco, classical guitar
Cuarteto Latinoamericano

 

Tonar Music 81201 / December 2008

REVIEW FROM BALTIMORE MAGAZINE, JANUARY 2009   The pairing of Peabody's Manuel Barrueco and Cuarteto Latinoamericano, once again, yields sublime results. Last year, the master guitarist and Mexican string quartet recorded Tango Sensations, a rousing ... Continue Reading
American Icons

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Dead Elvis / Flamingo / Jackie's Song
Le Tombeau de Liberace / Motown Metal
Snap! / What's That Spell?

Paul Crossley, piano / Charles Ullery, bassoon
London Sinfonietta / Dogs of Desire
David Zinman / Markus Stenz / David Allan Miller, conductors

Argo 458-145-2 / March 1999

  REVIEW FROM CLASSICS TODAY, 1999 Iowa-born composer Michael Daugherty is infatuated with American pop culture. On CD, one can already hear his symphony about Superman ( Metropolis Symphony ) and his opera about Jacki ... Continue Reading
Jackie O

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Houston Grand Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Christopher Larkin, conductor

 

 

Decca / August 1997

REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAGAZINE Topicality is royally served by a well-meshed collaboration - this opera may prove to have an enduring set of legs.  When first I heard Michael Daugherty's Metropolis Symphony (Argo 452 103-2), ... Continue Reading
Metropolis Symphony

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Metropolis Symphony/Bizarro

Baltimore Symphony
David Zinman, conductor


Argo 452-103-2 / January 1997

REVIEW FROM CLASSICAL NET, 1999 As an American (northern part of the hemisphere), I feel sorry for Europeans. Sure, they've got great high culture and great folk culture, but the pop generally seems anemic, when ... Continue Reading
Kronos Quartet: Howl, U.S.A.

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Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover

Kronos Quartet

 

 

Nonesuch 79372 / June 1996

REVIEW FROM GRAMOPHONE The organization that was “as close as your nearest telephone” is now as close as your nearest CD player – or at least a reminder of it is. Michael Daugherty’s acid collage ... Continue Reading
Kronos Quartet: Released 1985-1995

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Elvis Everywhere

Kronos Quartet

 

 

Nonesuch / October 1995

REVIEW FROM GRAMOPHONE Kronos is a quality act. No quartet currently performing has done more to bridge the divide between popular and ‘serious’ music, and although others have served contemporary repertoire with equal dedication (the ... Continue Reading
H. Robert Reynolds - The Retirement Concert

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Rosa Parks Boulevard

University of Michigan Symphony Band
H. Robert Reynolds, conductor

 

Equilibrium Records / December 2001

REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAGAZINE, NOVEMBER 2003 This two-CD set, is a live recording of H. Robert Reynolds’s retirement concert of April 6, 2001. He had been director of university bands at the University of Michigan ... Continue Reading
Contact

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Lex

Meadows Percussion Ensemble

 


Gasparo Records / March 2003

University of Texas Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall

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Niagara Falls

University of Texas Wind Ensemble
Jerry Junkin, conductor


Mark Custom Recording Service / November 1999

Miramar Sinfonietta : 20th Century Contrasts

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Strut

Miramar Sinfonietta

 

 

Albany Records / May 2002

REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAGAZINE The Miramar Sinfonietta is a Milwaukee-area chamber orchestra originally founded for an occasional purpose, the recording of Henri Pensis’s Fantasy on Two Christmas Carols (this composer, 1900–58, was the father of ... Continue Reading
Bassett / Bolcom / Daugherty

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Spaghetti Western

Harold Smoliar, english horn
University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Kiesler conductor

Equilibrium Records / February 2004

REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAGAZINE I heard William Bolcom’s  Lyric Concerto  in London a little over a decade ago when James Galway, with the Saint Louis Symphony and Leonard Slatkin, gave what must have been the ... Continue Reading
Absolute Mix

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Dead Elvis/Sing Sing: J. Edgar Hoover

Absolute Ensemble
Kristjan Jarvi, conductor


Ccn'c / February 2000

REVIEW FROM GRAMOPHONE Absolute' is the word. Kristjan Jarvi's programming formula is right on target for humbling a young audience. To take just one example: in the wrong hands Michael Daugherty's music can sound trite, ... Continue Reading
Yo amaba a Lucy (I Loved Lucy)

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I Loved Lucy

Susan Rode Morris
Jeffrey Van Gasparo

 


Van Gasparo Records #348 / February 2001

Urban Requiem

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Motown Metal

University of Miami Wind Ensemble
Gary Green, conductor

 


Albany / December 1996

Sojourns

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Niagara Falls

North Texas University Wind Ensemble
Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor

 


Klavier / January 2000

REVIEW FROM CLASSICS TODAY A new recording in the Klavier Wind Project series is cause for rejoicing around here, and this release is no exception. Unlike other band series recordings that present works popular at ... Continue Reading
La Mort dell' Oom

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Timbuktuba

Symphonia

 

 

Mark Custom Recording Service, Inc. / January 1998

Good Medicine

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Paul Robeson Told Me

Smith Quartet

 

 

Glissando / March 2000

REVIEW FROM GRAMOPHONE Something of a 20th- century mixed bag here, though nevertheless an interesting one in its juxtaposition of diverse and stimulating pieces. Terry Riley's cycle of quartets,  Salome Dances for Peace  (1986-87), has ... Continue Reading
Launch

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Shaken Not Stirred

Ensemble Bash

 

 

Sony / December 1996

Dance Mix

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Desi

Baltimore Symphony
David Zinman, conductor

 

Polygram Records / April 1995

REVIEW FROM CLASSICAL NET, 1996 The title of this CD is a pun. When pop/rock records are extended and rhythmically enhanced for use in dance clubs (I guess cool people don't call them "discos" anymore), ... Continue Reading
Christina's World

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Niagara Falls

University of Miami Wind Ensemble
Gary Green, conductor



Albany Records / August 2000

Who Is Afraid of 20th Century Music, Volume 2

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Desi

Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Ingo Metzmacher, conductor

 

EMI Classics / February 2001

Equilibrium: Border Crossing

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Lex

University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble

 

 

Equilibrium Records / October 1999

Allegories

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Bells for Stokowski

North Texas University Wind Ensemble
Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor

 


Klavier Records / December 2004

Wind Currents

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Motown Metal

University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble
Malcolm Rowell, Jr., conductor

 


Albany Records / August 2002

Velocity

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Bells for Stokowski

Columbus State University Wind Ensemble
Robert W. Rumbelow, conductor

 

Summit Records / November 2005

Signs Of Intelligent Life

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UFO

Alison Shaw, percussion
Michigan State University Wind Symphony
John Whitwell, conductor

 

Eroica Classical Recordings / October 2006

Rendezvous

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Red Cape Tango

Cleveland Duo
Stephen Warner, violin
Carolyn Warner, piano
Arranged: Mark Spede

Klavier Records / September 2000

The Voice of the Composer

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Raise the Roof

Roger Schupp, timpani
Bowling Green Philharmonia
Emily Freeman Brown, conductor


Albany Records / May 2008

REVIEW FROM FANFARE MAGAZINE This disc includes spoken introductions by the composers themselves to their respective pieces. Stephen Bryant refers to his work,  Loose Id   , as an “orgiastic, self-indulgent frenzy,” and the music ... Continue Reading
Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge

Michael Wayn, clarinet
University Of Michigan Symphony Band
Michael Haithcock, conductor



Equilibrium / January 2006

REVIEW FROM BARNES & NOBLE - ALL MUSIC GUIDE This CD by the University of Michigan Symphony Band combines two classics of the band repertory with creations by several of the stars of the university's ... Continue Reading
American Influences

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Bells for Stokowski

University of Georgia Wind Symphony
John N. Culvahouse, conductor

Summit Records / June 2006

Take Wing

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The High and the Mighty

Lois Herbine, piccolo
Charles Abramovic, piano

 

Crystal Records CD713 / October 2004

For the Lost and Living

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Red Cape Tango

Rutgers Wind Ensemble
William Berz, conductor

 

Mark Masters / June 2004

Convergence

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Red Cape Tango

North Texas Wind Symphony
Eugene Corporon, conductor

 


Klavier / October 2000

1999 TMEA All-State Bands

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Niagara Falls

All-State Symphonic and Concert Bands
All-State AAAA Symphonic Band

 

Mark Custom Recording Service, Inc / March 1999

Progressions

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Niagara Falls

Messiah College Bands
Bradley J. Genevro, conductor

Mark Masters / December 2006

Midwest Clinic 2007

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Raise the Roof

Marcus High School Wind Symphony
Dominic Talanca, conductor

 

Mark Records / March 2008

Twentieth-Century American Music

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Sinatra Shag

University of Iowa Center for new Music
David Gompper, director/conductor

Capstone / March 2006

Dances and Dreams

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Red Cape Tango

University of Florida Wind Symphony
David A. Waybright, conductor
Mark Spede, arranger

Mark Masters / December 2003

Brooklyn Bridge

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Brooklyn Bridge

Randy Salman, clarinet
DePauw University Band
Craig Pare, conductor

Mark Masters / May 2006

Distilled in Kentucky

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Rosa Parks Boulevard

University of Kentucky Wind Ensemble
John Cody Birdwell, conductor

 

Mark Masters / April 2006

Stravinsky & Friends

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Rosa Parks Boulevard

The University of Florida Wind Ensemble
David A. Waybright, conductor

 

Mark Masters / March 2006

Francaise Et Americaine Musique

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Desi

The University of Florida Wind Symphony
David A. Waybright, conductor

 

Mark Custom Recording Service, Inc. / February 2001

Edward J. Miller and Michael Daugherty

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Snap! / Bounce
Mxyzptlk / Celestial Hoops IV


Oberlin Contemporary Chamber Ensemble
Michel Singher, conductor


Opus One / January 1993