Nashville Symphony releases Lincoln-themed recording

Posted on: February 24, 2009

The Nashville Symphony’s latest recording is a two-CD Naxos set of works inspired by Abraham Lincoln, scheduled for release on February 24, during Lincoln’s 200th birthday month. Leonard Slatkin leads the orchestra in works by an all-American group of composers: Copland’s Lincoln Portrait; Charles Ives’s Lincoln, the Great Commoner; Vincent Persichetti’s A Lincoln Address; Roy Harris’s Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight; Ernst Bacon’s Ford’s Theatre: A Few Glimpses of Easter Week, 1865; Morton Gould’s Lincoln Legend; George Frederick McKay’s To A Liberator; and Paul Turok’s Variations on an American Song: Aspects of Lincoln and Liberty. Performing on the recording with the orchestra are narrator Barry Scott, mezzo-soprano Sharon Mabry, violinist Mary Kathryn Van Osdale, cellist Anthony LaMarchina, pianist Roger Wiesmeyer, and the Nashville Symphony Chorus. In 2008 the orchestra released recordings of John Corigliano’s Dylan Thomas Trilogy, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and an all-Menotti set including Amahl and the Night Visitors.