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A Splash of Pops
Boston Pops Orchestra
1. Star-Spangled Banner, The (National Anthem, USA), for orchestra & voice/chorus, ad lib
2. Liberty Fanfare, for orchestra
3. Doodletown Fifers
4. State Fair, film score
5. America, for voice & guitar
6. Lift Every Voice and Sing, hymn
7. With Voices Raised
8. National Emblem, march for orchestra (or band)
9. Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy
10. America the Beautiful (original title "Materna")
11. 1812 -- Festival Overture, for orchestra in E flat major, Op. 49
12. Stars and Stripes Forever, march for band, The
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 63516
Personnel: Marie Bellegarde, Carol Amaya, Laura Lapointe, Gisele Ganz, Kathy Ho, Susan Cavalieri, Maura Finn, Karen Dias, Gail Crissinger, Jane Circle Morfill, Jennifer Wehr Brosky, Kieran Murray, Aisha Lindsey, Denise Xavier-Superville, Christine P. Duquette, Annie B. Andrews, Jennifer Harney, Barbara Berry, Danielle Champoux, Ann M. Dwelley, Linda Eknoian, Kelly Corcoran, Sarah S. Brannen, Jenifer Lynn Munson, Fredena Williams (soprano); Denyce Graves (mezzo soprano); Thomas Dinger, Dean Cerrato, Steve Chrzan, John C. Barr, David Hale Mooney, Christopher Mahoney, Jeans Aquino, Stanley Hudson, Andrew Gladstone, Kurt Walker, Courtney Furno, Mark Haddad, Nina Kruschwitz, David Lin, Dominador F. Coloyan, Tony Scarpetta, Stacey Stephens, Richard Bissell, Tom Jacobs (tenor); Elliott Gyger, David Mazzotta, Raymond A. Cyr, Jeramie Hammond, Leo Lipis, Warren Ziegler, Manuel J. Lim, Marc J. Kaufman, Christopher Caggiano, Youngmoo Kim, Tom Weisend, David Lones, John Strumwasser, Steve Bloom (bass voice); Jonathan Finn (guitar, banjo); Ann Hobson Pilot (harp); Bonnie Bewick, Xin Ding, Bo-Youp Hwang, Nancy Bracken, Haldan Martinson, Kelly Barr, Joseph McGauley, Amnon Levy, Joe Scheer, Wenyi Shih, Vyacheslav Uritsky, Ronald Knudsen, Clayton Hoener, Jennifer Elowitch, Tatiana Dimitriades, Tamara Smirnova, Catherine French, Nurit Bar-Josef, Ronan Lefkowitz, Valerie Kuchment, Elita Kang, Alexander Romanul, James Cooke, John Harrison (violin); Michael Zaretsky, Mark Ludwig, Marc Jeanneret, Edward Gazouleas, Burton Fine, Susan Culpo, Kazuko Matsusaka, Rachel Fagerburg, Robert "Bootsie" Barnes (viola); Sato Knudsen, Luis Leguia, Joel Moerschel, Owen Young, Andrew Mark, Martha Babcock, Andrew Pearce , Jonathan Miller (cello); Fenwick Smith, Elizabeth Ostling (flute); Linda Toote (piccolo); Scott Andrews, Thomas Martin (clarinet); Mark McEwen, Laura Ahlbeck (oboe); Robert Sheena (English horn); Roland Small, Richard Ranti (bassoon); Gregg Henegar (contrabassoon); Michael Monaghan (saxophone); Bruce Hall , Jeffrey Work, Steve Emery, Peter Chapman , Tony Kadleck (trumpet); Darren Acosta (trombone); Douglas Yeo (bass trombone); Chester Schmitz (tuba); Richard Mackey, Jay Wadenpfuhl, Daniel Katzen, Kevin Owen, Jonathan Menkis (horns); Bob Winter (piano, celesta); Kevin Galie (organ); Brad Hatfield (keyboards); David Buda (electric bass); Timothy Genis (timpani); Patrick Hollbeck, J. William Hudgins, Thomas Gauger, Jim Gwin, Fred Buda, Frank Epstein (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Steven Ledbetter.
Recording information: Symphony Hall, Boston, MA (05/20/1999-05/25/1999).
Editor: Robert Wolf.
Photographers: J. Henry Fair; Arthur Cohen .
Unknown Contributor Roles: Boston Pops Orchestra; Tanglewood Festival Chorus; Boston Gay Men's Chorus.
Arrangers: Charles Floyd; Patrick Hollbeck; Angela Morley; Sid Ramin; Robert Russell Bennett; William David Brohn; Alexander Courage; Richard Hayman.
Designed as an aural souvenir of the Boston Pops' annual Fourth of July concert, A Splash of the Pops is another celebration of America and Americana. Although it contains a handful of new orchestral pieces, such as "With Voices Raised," it is primarily a celebration of classic American music, both classical pieces and pop songs alike. Of course, there's not a whole lot of pop songs -- the "Overture to State Fair," "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy," and Paul Simon's "America" are chief among them -- but they fit in well with "The Star-Spangled Banner," "Stars and Stripes Forever," "1812 Overture," "America the Beautiful," and "Lift Every Voice and Sing" because Keith Lockhart's arrangements and conducting give it all a uniform style that is distinctly, undeniably the Pops. It's to Lockhart's credit that he keeps the tradition of the Pops alive while subtly developing his own style; this is certainly a Pops record, but he's infusing the group with his own taste, such as Paul Simon. And that's what makes A Splash of the Pops so entertaining -- not only does it capture the feeling of a Pops Fourth of July concert, it sounds contemporary, as well. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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