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Copland: Appalachian Spring; Eight Poems Of Emily Dickinson / Emma Matthews, Melbourne Symphony


Release Date: 06/10/2014 
Label:  Abc Classics   Catalog #: 4810863   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Performer:  Emma Matthews
Conductor:  Benjamin Northey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Emma Matthews is one of Australia’s most acclaimed sopranos, and Copland’s Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson are the perfect vehicle for her technical brilliance. In this recording there is a wonderful sense of the humane, of vulnerability, and of exquisite tenderness, her expressive genius delivering these one-way conversations most convincingly. The orchestration for the Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson is in a chamber style calling for small orchestral forces, so Copland’s Appalachian Spring for 13 instruments proves the ideal coupling. This is a work that defines the essence of America in music: the wide open skies, the pioneering spirit, and the values of simplicity and directness. Emma Matthews is one of Australia’s most acclaimed sopranos, and Copland’s Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson are the perfect vehicle for her technical brilliance. In this recording there is a wonderful sense of the humane, of vulnerability, and of exquisite tenderness, her expressive genius delivering these one-way conversations most convincingly. The orchestration for the Eight Poems of Emily Dickinson is in a chamber style calling for small orchestral forces, so Copland’s Appalachian Spring for 13 instruments proves the ideal coupling. This is a work that defines the essence of America in music: the wide open skies, the pioneering spirit, and the values of simplicity and directness. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Poems (8) of Emily Dickinson by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Emma Matthews (Soprano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Northey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Venue:  Live  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall 
Length: 19 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2.
Appalachian Spring: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Benjamin Northey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Venue:  Live  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall 
Length: 24 Minutes 39 Secs. 

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