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Copland: Appalachian Spring, Billy The Kid, Etc / Dorati


Release Date: 11/08/1991 
Label:  Mercury Living Presence   Catalog #: 434301   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraMinneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

1.
Appalachian Spring: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Live  Watford Town Hall, England 
2.
Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1961 
Venue:  Live  Watford Town Hall, England 
3.
Danzón Cubano by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1957 
Venue:  Live  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN 
4.
El salón México by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 12/1957 
Venue:  Live  Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A City Boy's Appalachian Spring September 8, 2012 By Charles K. Alexander II (Albany, NY) See All My Reviews "I fell in love with this recording of Copland's "Appalachian Spring" on a "Classette" audio cassette back in the 80's but, after wearing out first one tape and then another, I found it was no longer available and, idiot that I am, that I had never written down the names of either the conductor or the orchestra. I purchased a number of other recordings over the years but none of them had the particular quality of this one. Thankfully, after almost 20 years, in one of my periodic searches on the net for "Classette" and "Appalachian Spring," I finally found a photo of the cover, including the names of Antal Dorati and the London and Minneapolis Symphony Orchestras. What sets this recording of the orchestral suite of "Appalachian Spring" apart from the others I've heard is that when I listen to the Second (Allegro), Fourth (Fast) and Fifth (Allegro) movements, in my mind's eye I see the skyscrapers of New York City being built in the early part of the Twentieth Century. I see girders and cranes, smoke and steam rising up from the city and sunlight playing on its roofs and windows. I see construction workers, as in the classic photographs, swinging from wires and eating lunch hundreds of feet in the air. I see and hear the bustle of the city's streets and subways. As the music slows with the Sixth movement, the building frenzy slows, and as the tune to "Simple Gifts" comes in with the Seventh movement, New York City wakes up, stands up in all its glory and pride - Oh, that brass! - and demands your attention. For me, the image of the proud city at the height of its power even carries over into the Introduction to Billy the Kid. I know that Copland used American folk music in many of his compositions but I wonder if anyone else has seen in even his most famously "American" music not the amber waves of grain but the Manhattan skyline as it took shape in front of a young man returned from his studies in Paris?" Report Abuse
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