DELLO JOIO: Symphonic Suite Air Power. VINCENT: Symphonic Poem after Descartes. Symphony in D "A Festival Piece in One Movement"
Philadelphia Orch/Eugene Ormandy, cond.
Albany/Troy 250 (F) (AAD) TT: 75:54

Many collectors have treasured Columbia LP MS 6029 with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra performing a concert suite by American composer Norman Dello Joio (b. 1913) taken from music written for a 26-part CBS Television documentary, Air Power -- a mid-50's series about the development of flight and its impact on the 20th Century. Dello Joio's audition music so impressed producer Perry Wolff that he commissioned him to write the entire score for this mammoth project. At Ormandy's suggestion, the composer prepared this concert suite, which includes music depicting the early years of flight, a bombing mission over Germany, and a collage of war scenes. The performance is dedicated, and the sonic picture in this early Columbia stereo recording offers more richness and depth than heard on most later digital recordings by the same orchestra. The CD also includes two works by another American composer, John Vincent (1902-1977), whose music Ormandy championed: Symphonic Poem after Descartes, and a Symphony in D subtitled " A Festival Piece in One Movement."  Both are craftsman-like, but hardly of significant interest in spite of Ormandy's obvious devotion to the composer. The reason to seek out this CD is Air Power in this superb transfer licensed to Albany/Troy.

R.E.B. (Feb. 2001)