Looking to the East: Music inspired by Asia & the Orient From America's Musical Pioneers. CRI reissue. Historic and definitive performances of Lou Harrison's Suite for Violin, Piano, and Small Orchestra; Henry Cowell's Homage to Iran for violin & piano, Colin McPhee's Nocturne for chamber orchestra, Alan Hovhaness' Koke No Niwa (Moss Garden), The Holy City, Ave Maria, Christmas Ode, and Easter Cantata. Leopold Stokowski, David Van Vactor, Alan Hovhaness, Alfredo Antonini, conductor.
All these compositions have two things in common. One: they are all some of the first products of the yeasty infatuation that many American composers have felt for Eastern culture, and, two: they all exist, to some extent, because of the passionate advocacy of Oliver Daniel. An administrator, radio programmer, author, all-around advocate, and founder of CRI records.