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A Copland Celebration Vol 3 - Vocal & Choral Works


Release Date: 11/07/2000 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89329   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Performer:  William WarfieldAaron CoplandAdele AddisonMildred Miller,   ... 
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony OrchestraNew England Conservatory ChorusChoral Art Society,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 21 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Tender Land can, in the broadest brush terms, be thought of as an extension onto an operatic stage of Copland's Appalachian manner. This is crossed with the merest dash of Broadway.

The cast here does not miss a beat. I wish that CBS had chosen to record the whole opera. Just occasionally a recording project works with devastating aptness. This is one of those instances. When the artists walked into the Manhattan Center on 31 July 1965 who would have thought that such an indelible, moving, viscerally exciting, emotionally animated experience would emerge? The text, by the way, is by Read more Genevieve Taggard who also wrote the text for The Lark.

Laurie is sung by Joy Clements (sop) and her openness and spontaneity repay dividends. She sounds as you would imagine Laurie to sound - on the edge of womanhood, excited, fearful, unalloyed by experience. Richard Cassilly (an extremely good Troilus in Walton's Troilus and Cressida) as Laurie's lover, the weak and malleable Martin, who abandons Laurie, is a passionate tenor whose operatic career did not cloud his ability to project with touching clarity. He reaches out to his audience time after time. The more cynical, worldly and calculating Top is Richard Fredericks. Norman Treigle is Grandpa Moss.

I defy you to resist frisson after frisson as you hear this glorious work. Listen to the wondrous climax to The Promise of Living [tr. 7] - those horns calling out and the voices hitting both their top notes and emotional 'mot juste'. We've Been North, We've been south is given rhythmically split-second delivery by the two anti-heroes. Then try the cross-cut Orff-ian patterning of Stomp You Foot [tr. 11]. Desert Island stuff. A cool Delian nocturnal impressionism enriches The World Seems Still Tonight. The orchestral depiction of the sunrise in track 16 The Sun is Coming Up is worth sampling as well. Really molten music making!

This work and this recording are far too little known. Do not expect opera with lashings of vibrato, with opera-house conventionality, with adipose attitude. Copland blows fresh air through the conventions with a poignant pastoralism close to Patrick Hadley on the one hand and showland Bernstein and Sondheim on the other."

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Old American Songs, Set 1: The Boatmen's Dance by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
2. Old American Songs, Set 1: The Dodger by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
3. Old American Songs, Set 1: Long Time Ago by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
4. Old American Songs, Set 1: Simple Gifts by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
5. Old American Songs, Set 1: I bought me a cat by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 
6. Old American Songs, Set 2: The Little Horses by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
7. Old American Songs, Set 2: Zion's Walls by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. Old American Songs, Set 2: The Golden Willow Tree by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
9. Old American Songs, Set 2: At the River by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: English 
10. Old American Songs, Set 2: Ching-a-ring Chaw by Aaron Copland
Performer:  William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Language: English 
11. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Aaron Copland (Piano), Adele Addison (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Language: English 
12. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 1, Nature, the gentlest mother by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Adele Addison (Soprano), Aaron Copland (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
13. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 2, There came a wind like a bugle by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Adele Addison (Soprano), Aaron Copland (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
14. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 3, Why do they shut me out of heaven? by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Aaron Copland (Piano), Adele Addison (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Composition written: USA (1949 - 1950). 
15. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 4, The world feels dusty by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Aaron Copland (Piano), Adele Addison (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
16. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 5, Heart, we will forget him by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Adele Addison (Soprano), Aaron Copland (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
17. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 6, Dear March, come in! by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Adele Addison (Soprano), Aaron Copland (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
18. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 7, Sleep is supposed to be by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Aaron Copland (Piano), Adele Addison (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
19. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 8, When they come back by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Adele Addison (Soprano), Aaron Copland (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: English 
20. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 9, I felt a funeral in my brain by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Adele Addison (Soprano), Aaron Copland (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
21. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 10, I've heard an organ talk sometimes by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Adele Addison (Soprano), Aaron Copland (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
22. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 11, Going to heaven! by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Aaron Copland (Piano), Adele Addison (Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: English 
23. Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson: no 12, The Chariot by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Adele Addison (Soprano), Aaron Copland (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1950; USA 
Date of Recording: 11/16/1964 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
24. In the Beginning by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Mildred Miller (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1965 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 6 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: English 
25. Lark by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Robert Hale (Baritone)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/29/1965 
Venue:  Columbia 30th Street Studios, NYC 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
26. The Tender Land by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Claramae Turner (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Cassilly (Tenor), Norman Treigle (Bass Baritone),
Richard Fredericks (Baritone), Joy Clements (Soprano)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Choral Art Society,  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1955; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/31/1965 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 65 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This perfomance is an abridged version of 'The Tender Land0'. 

Sound Samples

The Boatmen's Dance (Set One)
The Dodger (Set One)
Long Time Ago (Set One)
Simple Gifts (Set One)
I Bought Me a Cat (Set One)
The Little Horses (Set One)
Zion's Walls (Set One)
The Golden Willow Tree (Set One)
At the River (Set One)
Ching-a-Ring Chaw (Set One)
I. Nature, the gentlest mother
II. There came a wind like a bugle
III. Why do they shut me out of Heaven?
IV. The world feels dusty
V. Heart, we will forget him
VI. Dear March, come in!
VII. Sleep is supposed to be
VIII. When they come back
IX. I felt a funeral in my brain
X. I've heard an organ talk sometimes
XI. Going to Heaven!
XII. The Chariot
In the Beginning
Lark
Act One: The day before graduation (late afternoon). Gently flowing (Abridged)
Moderate tempo (Abridged)
Moderately fast (Abridged)
Somewhat faster (Abridged)
With motion (Abridged)
Moderately (Abridged)
Trifle slower (Abridged)
Act Two: That evening. Lively and rough (Abridged)
Quite slow (Abridged)
Very broadly (Abridged)
Briskly (Abridged)
Somewhat slower (Abridged)
Act Three: Later that night; then graduation day (dawn). Introduction - starting slowly (Abridged)
As at first (Abridged)
Fast tempo (Abridged)
Broadly (Abridged)
(Still slower) (Abridged)

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