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EMI American Classics - Copland / Mata, Davies, Bátiz, Hubbard, Et Al

Release Date: 06/24/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 06634   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard
Conductor:  Dennis Russell DaviesEnrique BátizEduardo MataLeonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Philharmonic OrchestraDallas Symphony OrchestraOrchestra of St. Luke's,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A capable, generous and engaging Copland collection.

Copland collections from EMI are not exactly rare. The company’s shelves are well stocked with material from which to choose. This disc has been assembled from digital tapes made in America during the 1980s.

We have an unexpectedly staid and understated Fanfare. It's a nice contrast with the neon rhetoric of the composer and of Bernstein. Slatkin delivers an effective version of the complete ballet Appalachian Spring with some superbly calculated and controlled textures, touching eloquence (Meno mosso, tr. 7), surging heroics and in the Allegro - solo Dance of the Bride a tight and taut rhythmic snap. The Saint Louis principals are permitted personal
Read more profiles and identity in their various solos as in the Moderato (tr. 4). There is much here that is pleasing but the composer's original with the LSO is to be preferred if this work is your priority. Both Mata and Batiz hail from South America. In simplistic terms it is fitting that Mata is heard in El Salon Mexico. It's a great version and superbly recorded. Perhaps he scouts over emotional detail as at 2:49 (far too fast) but this is sappy spectacular stuff. Bruce Hubbard leads us in fine authentic style through the cheery-poetic-gawky Old American Songs. His enunciation is excellent and he acts the songs - pouring in shovel-loads of character. Who would have thought that the first five of these songs were premiered in 1951 by Copland's friends Peter Pears and Benjamin Britten. By the way there's no sign anywhere here of the atonal Copland of Inscape and the other works of the 1960s and 1970s.

A generous, capable and engaging Copland collection.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies,  Enrique Bátiz,  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dallas Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
El salón México by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1936; USA 
Length: 10 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Old American Songs, Set 1 by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Length: 11 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Old American Songs, Set 2 by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Bruce Hubbard (Baritone)
Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 12 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 

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