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Copland: El Salon Mexico, Rodeo, Etc / Ormandy, Mata, Et Al


Release Date: 10/12/1999 
Label:  Rca Red Seal Hp Catalog #: 63467A   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Eduardo MataEugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony OrchestraPhiladelphia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Aaron Copland is perhaps the quintessential American composer whose works of the 1930s and '40s convey an open-air quality that captures in sound a bright and vast American vista.
'Appalachian Spring,' the Pulitzer Prize winner for music in 1945, is one of the glories of American ballet. Originally written for 13 instruments, the recording here is for full orchestra. Alternately boisterous and solemn, this work was an instant hit and has remained so since its premier in 1944. 'Billy the Kid' comes from 1938 and is one of Copland's most dynamic scores in his American style. Utilizing old Western and country melodies (but in a very deceptive fashion), this work depicts the life of William Bonney (a.k.a. Billy the Kid) who terrorized the
Read more West for two decades after the Civil War. 'Rodeo,' a score dating from 1942, is a rather uncomplicated ballet (it consists of nothing more than sequences displaying the joys of roping and riding); it has an immediacy that has made it a favorite since its premiere.
BMG has done a marvelous job of re-mastering these classic recordings (and exemplary performances). The result is an incredibly sumptuous sound, and an essential CD that showcases Copland's finest woks of Americana. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. El salón México by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1978 
Venue:  Fair Park Music Hall, Dallas, Texas 
Length: 11 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2. Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/08/1969 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 24 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3. Rodeo by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 04/1978 
Venue:  Fair Park Music Hall, Dallas, Texas 
Length: 19 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4. Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/28/1969 
Venue:  Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 19 Minutes 48 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Appalachian Spring
Introduction: The Open Prairie
Street in a Frontier Town
Mexican Dance and Finale
Prairie Night: Card Game
Gun Battle
Celebration: After Billy's Capture
Billy's Death
The Open Prairie (reprise)
Buckaroo Holiday
Corral Nocturne
Saturday Night Waltz
Hoedown
El Salón México

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