Anthony Philip Heinrich/ Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Composer(s): Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Anthony Philip Heinrich
Album Title: Ornithological Combat of Kings/ Night in the Tropics 
Cat. No.: 80208
Genre: Classical
Description: The Ornithological Combat of Kings/Night in the Tropics
Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Keene: Anthony and Joseph Paratore, pianos

Here are two extremely entertaining concoctions by two nineteenth-century American Romantics who wrote music on a grand scale. After a broadly lyrical first movement in the grand tradition of his friend and mentor Hector Berlioz, Gottschalk introduces, appropriately enough, a Cuban rumba into the second and final movement of his breezy south-of-the-border excursion, Night in the Tropics.

The sources of Heinrich's musical style are in Haydn and to some extent Beethoven, but with the ornateness of Italian opera and often a freer use of melodic and harmonic chromaticism. His rough-hewn Grand Symphony is effusively programmatic with odd harmonic twists. 
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