William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony; In Memoriam; Africa (Symphonic Poem)
Also included is the brief In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy, dating from 1943 and written in Still's fully mature style—harmonically rich, unique in orchestration, and fundamentally recognizable as the work of Still. It runs a bit long for its program, but is a revelation and, as with Africa, has never before been recorded.
John Jeter and the Fort Smith Symphony deserve commendation for doing such an excellent job here. The acoustics at the Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Center in Fort Smith are excellent for recording, and Still's music is captured in a sound that neither swallows it nor serves it up too dryly. William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony is both an excellent introduction to the work of a major, yet under-recognized American composer and a testament to the excellence of some of America's local community orchestras. Let us hope that Naxos will once again employ the Fort Smith Symphony in the significant amount of William Grant Still's orchestral music that remains to be unearthed and heard.
© Uncle Dave Lewis, All Music Guide
|1||In Memoriam: The Colored Soldiers Who Died for Democracy, for orchestra||7:22||$1.49|
|2||1.Land of Peace||12:27||$1.99|
|3||2.Land of Romance||7:01||$1.49|
|4||3.Land of Superstition||8:22||$1.49|
|8||4.Lento, con risoluzione||8:39||$1.49|