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Copland: Danzón Cubano, Billy The Kid, Etc / Mata, Et Al


Release Date: 02/15/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 73653   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Eduardo MataLeonard SlatkinEnrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony OrchestraSt. Louis Symphony OrchestraMexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

EMI Classics has scored a hit with this great collection of Aaron Copland's monumental music. This double CD includes over 150 minutes of the composer's material, and is performed by three different symphony orchestras in both the United States and Mexico. The music is superb, and the recordings are crystal clear.
The composer's single most famous work, 'Fanfare for the Common Man,' is conducted by none other than Mexican great, Enrique Bátiz, who also skillfully interprets a suite from 'The Red Pony,' the 1948 film for which Copland composed the score. That story is brought to life featuring both lighter string arrangements, and percussive sections replete with wind and brass.
'Billy The Kid' is a Copland trademark, and another
Read more riveting piece of American drama set to music. Written as a ballet, and performed on this occasion by Leonard Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony, this music represents the story of Billy's capture, escape, and eventual death. This piece evokes vivid images of the Wild West, as does much of the composer's music, and the moods vary between reflective and somber to upbeat and triumphant. This CD is a fine introduction to the compositions of Aaron Copland, and is a requisite title to be included in anyone's collection of his music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Danzón Cubano by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1986 
Venue:  Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Dallas, TX 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
2.
Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1985 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, MO 
Length: 32 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1985 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, MO 
Length: 36 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1985 
Venue:  Nezahualcoyotl Hall, Mexico City, Mexico 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5.
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1985 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St. Louis, MO 
Length: 22 Minutes 47 Secs. 
6.
El salón México by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 05/1986 
Venue:  Cliff Temple Baptist Church, Dallas, TX 
Length: 10 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Red Pony: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1985 
Venue:  Nezahualcoyotl Hall, Mexico City, Mexico 
Length: 24 Minutes 17 Secs. 
8.
Dance Symphony by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Enrique Bátiz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1985 
Venue:  Nezahualcoyotl Hall, Mexico City, Mexico 
Length: 17 Minutes 0 Secs. 

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