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Copland: Appalachian Spring (Complete Ballet) & Hear Ye! Hear Ye! / Slatkin, Detroit Symphony


Release Date: 09/09/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559806  
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leonard Slatkin has a long history of delivering excellent Copland performances, and this new release is no exception. Hear Ye! Hear Ye! is a 1934 ballet about a murder trial in Chicago; each of the witnesses gives contradictory testimony until the exasperated jury finds all three guilty. Copland withdrew the work, and no one would argue that it’s one of his best works, but it’s not a poor one either. It created controversy on account of its containing a parody of The Star-Spangled Banner, but hopefully that is not an issue now. The music, in fact, is quite witty, even elegant, and it’s good to have the complete piece available in this perfectly idiomatic performance. The complete Appalachian Spring ballet in its full orchestration is still Read more a rarity on disc, making this version doubly valuable. Slatkin’s performance is relatively relaxed, but not droopy, and he doesn’t distend the slow bits unduly. I actually prefer the complete work: the music that comes between the initial presentation of “Simple Gifts” and its final apotheosis adds a welcome degree of tension (sound clip) and rounds the piece off very effectively with some additional thematic recall. It totals almost ten minutes of music, and some of it sounds a lot like Britten.

My only complaint about these well-engineered performances is that Hear Ye! Hear Ye! has eighteen tracks, while Appalachian Spring, which is actually longer, has only one. Does that make sense? Never mind. This is worth having.

– ClassicsToday (David Hurwitz) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
2.
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 

Customer Reviews

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 Review of Copland's new-to-me "Hear ye! Hear ye!" January 11, 2017 By Terrell R. (Van Nuys, CA) See All My Reviews "I've loved most of Copland's distinctive music--no one else has his "sound." And, to me, like Prokofiev, though most of what he writes sounds like only Copland, no piece seems to sound specifically like anything else he's written. So it was a delight to get acquainted with the new-to-me piece called "Hear ye! Hear ye!" Though it actually has less of Copland's specific sound, it nevertheless has a verve and direction that's engrossing and, to me, beautiful. The "Appalachian Spring" recording, of which I have several others, though, I don't think, a complete one (like this), rather than the suite, is top-notch." Report Abuse
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