THOMSON, V.: Plow that Broke the Plains

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The Plough That Broke The Plains - The River

The Original Films by Pare Lorentzwith Newly-Recorded Soundtracks of the Classic Scores byVIRGIL THOMSON

Post-Classical EnsembleAngel Gil-Ordonez, music directorJoseph Horowitz, artistic directorFloyd King, narrator
Pare Lorentz, film director

Picture format: NTSC 4:3Sound format: DTS / Dolby DigitalRegion code: No Region CodingRunning time: 112:20No. of DVDs: 1

* Pare Lorentz's The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936) and The River (1937) are landmark American documentary films. Aesthetically, they break new ground in seamlessly marrying pictorial imagery, symphonic music, and poetic free verse, all realised with supreme artistry. Ideologically, they indelibly encapsulate the strivings of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 'New Deal'.
* Virgil Thomson's scores for both films are among the most famous ever composed for the movies. Aaron Copland praised the music for The Plow for its \frankness and openness of feeling", calling it "fresher, more simple, and more personal" than the Hollywood norm. He called the music for The River "a lesson in how to treat Americana".

* Virgil Thomson is a stalwart of the traditional school of American music, and wrote the soundtracks for many documentaries. This uses the re-recorded original soundtrack to the film, and includes some tracks which were omitted from the documentaries on their original transmission."
Item number 2110521
Barcode 747313552153
Release date 01/01/2007
Category DVD
Label Naxos DVD
Media type DVD
Number of units 1
Artists Lorentz, Pare
Lorentz, Pare
Composers Thomson, Virgil
Thomson, Virgil
Conductors Gil-Ordonez, Angel
Gil-Ordonez, Angel
Orchestras Post-Classical Ensemble
Post-Classical Ensemble
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