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The Essence Of America - Copland / Tilson Thomas, Et Al


Release Date: 09/12/2000 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63720   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes 10 spoken word tracks (45'02") featuring Michael Tilson Thomas's description of the repertoire in the two accompanying discs.
Born in 1900, Aaron Copland was perfectly positioned to represent his country in the 20th century, at least the first three quarters of it, and no other composer's career has so completely traversed the many byways of American classical music, folk, pop and jazz and European modernism. Copland's wilder side is most clearly heard in early works such as the Piano Concerto where jazz and Stravinsky converse in an urban setting, while the famous ballets of the 1930s and 40s transform folk tunes with inexhaustible wit and grace to create what is widely considered the ultimate expression of rural
Read more America.
With the discs COPLAND THE MODERNIST and COPLAND THE POPULIST Michael Tilson Thomas assumed the mantle of Leonard Bernstein as the leading interpreter of Copland's music, and in this special edition box set he emulates Lenny even further as an insightful lecturer-demonstrator on the bonus disc entitled THE MAN AND HIS MUSIC, which also features a performance of the familiar 'Fanfare for the Common Man.' There could hardly be a better or more thoughtful introduction to Copland than this. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 5/1999 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is performed twice on this CD. 
2.
Concerto for Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson (Piano)
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/25/1996 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 16 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Orchestral Variations by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/25/1996 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 13 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 2 "Short Symphony" by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/25/1996 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 15 Minutes 15 Secs. 
5.
Symphonic Ode by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1929; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/25/1996 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 20 Minutes 7 Secs. 
6.
Billy the Kid: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 21 Minutes 9 Secs. 
7.
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 35 Minutes 51 Secs. 
8.
Rodeo by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1999 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 19 Minutes 17 Secs. 
9.
Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 5/1999 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, CA 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is performed twice on this CD. 

Sound Samples

Andante sostenuto
Molto moderato; Allegro assai
Orchestral Variations
Incisivo
Espressivo
Preciso e ritmico
Symphonic Ode
Billy the Kid
Appalachian Spring
Buckaroo Holiday
Corral Nocturne
Saturday Night Waltz
Hoe-Down

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