By dint of inspired leadership and a Rockefeller grant in the mid-1950s, the Louisville Orchestra realized an unparalleled project to commission and record more than 100 new compositions; most of thes

By dint of inspired leadership and a Rockefeller grant in the mid-1950s, the Louisville Orchestra realized an unparalleled project to commission and record more than 100 new compositions; most of these were issued on LP on the orchestra's own First Edition label. Through the ensemble's new partnership with the entrepreneurial Sante Fe Music Group, these long-out-of-print recordings are being remastered and reissued on CD. The latest disc demonstrates the scope of Louisville's achievement by juxtaposing key works by American composers of different generations—Aaron Copland, Elliott Carter, and Charles Ives by way of a William Schuman arrangement—with a piece by Italian modernist Luigi Dallapiccola. Each is valuable, particularly Carter's breakthrough work—

the taut, turbulent Variations for Orchestra. The sound has been well-transferred from the vintage one-track mono tapes, and the composers' original program notes are included in the booklet. Distributed in the U.S. by Harmonia Mundi.—BB