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American Discoveries

The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra and conductor Reuben Blundell release American Discoveries, a continuation of their series of promoting previously unrecorded orchestral repertoire. This collection features music by three female composers: Priscilla Alden Beach, Linda Robbins Coleman, and Alexandra Pierce.

Album page on New Focus Recordings

Reviews

  • The Whole Note, October 28, 2021: "Blundell leads the orchestra in a top-notch performance."

  • The Arts Fuse, September 7, 2021: "an ensemble that plays with technical assurance as well as a good stylistic feel for the repertoire on hand." 

  • Classical Voice of North Carolina, September 3, 2021: "the performances are also outstanding... a particularly important release."

  • MusicWeb (UK): August 16, 2021, describes pieces as "fine and moving...quite uplifting...fascinating."

  • Fleisher Discoveries Podcast by Kile Smith, August 4, 2021, featuring Alexandra Pierce's Behemoth.

  • Take Effect, July 19, 2021: "a very spirited outing...some much needed and deserved attentions..."

  • Textura, June 22, 2021: "Any one of these well-crafted works would be a rousing and energizing addition to a symphony's concert programme, and they collectively benefit from the LSO's exuberant handling.... a pleasingly cohesive presentation."

  • Classical Music Sentinel, June 21, 2021: "It's reassuring to see this 80 member ensemble and conductor make the extra effort to introduce us to newly uncharted music."

  • Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, June 17, 2021: "Thank you Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra and Reuben Blundell for taking care that we hear these works done properly. Happily recommended."

  • InfoDad, June 10, 2021: "Blundell and the Lansdowne ensemble certainly play it with relish – as, indeed, they play all the music on this (+++) disc."

  • New York Music Daily, June 8, 2021: A Colorful, Entertaining New Mix of  Orchestral Works By Women Composers: "Since the mid-teens, conductor Reuben Blundell has been unearthing one undiscovered American symphonic treasure after another... let's hope for more from Blundell and this adventurous crew."

  • David's Classical CDs, June 7, 2021: Fascinating Disc of New 20th Century Orchestral Music, "the playing is accomplished and Reuben Blundell is a confident leader...this disc is highly recommended."

  • WOSU, Article and Interview, June 3, 2021, with Jennifer Hambrick: New Recording of Music by American Women Composers.

  • Musical Assumptions, May 20, 2021: "The project represents a great deal of care and work...[the Album] is both inexpensive and rich."

  • MidWest Record, May 16, 2021: "A glorious collection of heretofore unheard material that had to be researched from manuscript..."

  • WTJU, May 5, 2021: "The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra performs superbly under the direction of Reuben Blundell... these are indeed noteworthy discoveries."

Where to listen

Digital copies are available at:
BandCamp

Apple Music

New Focus (direct/multiple formats)

Amazon Music

Spotify

CDs can be purchased from

Naxos Direct (fast/free US shipping)

ArkivMusic

Amazon

Any other fine music retailers, or at

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