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Copland: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 / Wilson, BBC Philharmonic


Release Date: 09/30/2016 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5171  
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Performer:  Jonathan Scott
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available: Copland: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Ballets / Wilson, BBC Philharmonic

Following a highly successful recording of Copland’s ballet music, John Wilson, a specialist in American music, and the BBC Philharmonic present the first volume of the composer’s complete symphonic output. This unique collection of vivid and energetic pieces highlights Copland’s personal, unorthodox compositional language. The mixture of works of austerity and tense excitement ranges widely, from the twenty Orchestral Variations on an original theme (originally written for piano) to the single-movement controversial Symphonic Ode, a rhythmically complex piece written in its original
Read more incarnation for a huge orchestra including eight horns and five trumpets.

The album features also the lesser-known Short Symphony (No. 2) and early Symphony for Organ and Orchestra, in which the solo instrument throughout is closely integrated with the music of the orchestra. The organ soloist is the young Jonathan Scott. Since a highly successful Gershwin concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2014, he is increasingly acclaimed around the world for his performances of American music.

This disc offers gripping accounts of four works. Every note tells.

– Sunday Times (UK)

Wilson obtains a superbly drilled and articulate response from the BBC Philharmonic. An outstanding release.

– Gramophone

Everything about the performances signals a conductor and an orchestra who really believe in the quality of the music they are performing. The BBC Philharmonic seems to relish Copland’s springy rhythms, long-limbed melodies and irrepressible invention, while Wilson manages to bring transparency and buoyancy to even the most massive climaxes.

– The Guardian Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra "Organ Symphony" by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Jonathan Scott (Organ)
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; Paris, France 
2.
Orchestral Variations by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
3.
Symphony no 2 "Short Symphony" by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USA 
4.
Symphonic Ode by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  John Wilson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1929; USA 

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