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'American Rapture' is a generous and interesting program that explores three generations of American music / I CARE IF YOU LISTEN

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American Rapture, the new release on the hitherto unknown to me Azica label, features Samuel Barber's "Great American Symphony" contender Symphony # 1 (1936)  and two world premiere recordings; Patrick Harlin's Rapture (2011) and Jennifer Higdon‘s Harp Concerto (2018) written for Yolanda Kondonassis. This generous and interesting program explores three generations of American music, and it is wonderful to realize that the USA's music tradition has been around long enough for such a comparison. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra is ably led by its music director Ward Stare, who was the long time resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

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