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Copland: Appalachian Spring, Etc / Lane, Atlanta So


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80078   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Louis Lane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Louis Lane's incisive conducting presents Rodeo at a bristling pace, powerfully projecting Buckaroo Holiday's rhythmic snap and enlivening Hoe Down's jaunty dancing. Lane's flowing tempos lend Appalachian Spring an uncommon zest and sparkle, particularly in the work's more subdued passages. Throughout the Atlanta Symphony's alert and polished playing is a joy to hear . . . .

-- Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com

Appalachian Spring really sounds like ballet music (and not a symphonic poem as it sometimes does), and the freshly rhythmic string playing combines with the refined yet spirited woodwind detail to evoke the ballet theatre as much as the concert hall. An enjoyable coupling from the performance point of
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-- Ivan March, Gramophone

The Atlanta Symphony is a fine orchestra, and the standard of playing is very high indeed. . . . Rodeo receives a rollicking performance, with outstanding solos in “Buckaroo Holiday” from principal trombone and trumpet. The gentler middle movements come off well, too, with beautiful soft textures in “Corral Nocturne”, and a particularly stylish oboe solo in “Saturday Night Waltz”. The concluding “Hoe-Down” is great fun, and full of just the right kind of wild energy.

“Appalachian Spring” poses the greatest interpretative test for conductor and players, and here Louis Lane does well, characterising the various episodes sharply, yet managing the transitions between sections most effectively. Perhaps the introduction of Simple Gifts in the clarinet should be quieter and a little more diffident, but generally I found this a delightful performance, with the half-lights of the opening and closing music captured with complete understanding of the music’s nature – as you might well expect from an orchestra whose home town lies at the very foot of the Appalachian mountains themselves.

. . . a fine disc, with a first-class recording to match the high standards of the performers.

-- Gwyn Parry-Jones, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Appalachian Spring: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Louis Lane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1981 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 22 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1945 
2.
Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Louis Lane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1981 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3.
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Louis Lane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1981 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 18 Minutes 11 Secs. 

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