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The Copland Collection - 1936-1948


Release Date: 01/18/1991 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 46559   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Performer:  Michael WinfieldWilliam LangHenry FondaBenny Goodman
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraNew England Conservatory Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Copland: Orchestral works (including Billy the Kid; Rodeo; Appalachian Spring; El Salon Mexico; Fanfare for the Common Man)

Various orchestras/Aaron Copland. Sony SM3K 46559 [“Orchestral & Ballet Works, 1936-1948,” 3 CDs, including Billy the Kid Suite; Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo; Appalachian Spring Suite; El Salon Mexico; Fanfare for the Common Man] (recorded 1963-76).

Aaron Copland made numerous recordings of his own music, including an extensive series for CBS during the 1960s and ’70s, mostly with London orchestras. He was not an especially proficient conductor – consequently, the performances he conducted often lacked pace and rhythmic punch. His last recordings of the most popular of his scores,
Read more reissued by Sony, do a good job of conveying the overall shape of the pieces, and deliver telling characterizations of many episodes. Details emerge that are lost in some other accounts, and there is an appealing gentleness and sweetness to the approach. But the readings do not have as much grip as those of Bernstein and Slatkin, among others, and in spite of the authority they automatically possess, they are not necessarily preferable. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
El salón México by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1936; USA 
2.
An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
3.
Billy the Kid: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
4.
Quiet City by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Michael Winfield (English Horn), William Lang (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; USA 
5.
John Henry by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940/1952; USA 
6.
Our Town by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; USA 
7.
Las agachadas by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Language: Spanish 
8.
Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
9.
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
10.
Music for Movies by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
11.
Appalachian Spring: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1945; USA 
12.
Letter from Home by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944/1962; USA 
13.
Danzón Cubano by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
14.
Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Henry Fonda (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Language: English 
15.
Symphony no 3 by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1946; USA 
16.
Concerto for Clarinet by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1948; USA 

Sound Samples

El Salon Mexico
An Outdoor Overture
Introduction: The Open Prairie (Orchestral Suite)
Street in a Frontier Town (Orchestral Suite)
Prairie Night (Card game at night) (Orchestral Suite)
CDomiio Publico I (Orchestral Suite)
Celebration (after Billy's capture) (Orchestral Suite)
Billy's Death (Orchestral Suite)
The Open Prairie Again (Orchestral Suite)
Quiet City
John Henry
Our Town
Las Agachadas (The Shake-down Song) (Vocal)
Fanfare for the Common Man
I. Buckaroo Holiday
II. Corral Nocturne
III. Saturday Night Waltz
IV. Hoedown
New England Countryside from "The City"
Barley Wagons from "Of Mice and Men"
Sunday Traffic from "The City"
Grovers Corners from "Our Town"
Threshing Machines from "Of Mice and Men"
Very slowly
Allegro
Moderato
Fast
Subito Allegro
As at first (slowly)
Doppio movimento
Moderato - Coda
Letter From Home
Danzón Cubano

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