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Copland: Rodeo, Billy the Kid / Zinman, Baltimore


Release Date: 06/14/1994 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 440639   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In Billy the Kid Zinman captures, more than any other performance I know, the intensely dramatic nature of this music.

The two major works on this disc, Rodeo and Billy the Kid, are presented complete. The complete Rodeo differs primarily from the more frequently encountered Four Dance Episodes in the inclusion of a brief transition between the first two sections and a piano interlude before the “Saturday Night Waltz.“ The extra music in Billy the Kid is more substantial (although less immediately apparent) and makes the work considerably more satisfying dramatically. Zinman's performances are notable for an impressive rhythmic precision and bite. In Billy the Kid he captures, more than any other performance I know, the
Read more intensely dramatic nature of this music. The gun fight, the music leading into it, and the almost silly celebratory music that follows work together as a tight well-knit scene rather than as sequence of contrasting musical ideas.

Zinman's Rodeo is also excellent except for the addition of a track of noisy revelers whooping it up during the piano interlude. The noises are distracting and more than a little bit corny (corniness is a characteristic with which this music often flirts but from which it always manages to escape in a most exhilarating and original manner). The chief competition for this recording comes from Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony, who deliver quite impressive readings in warm EMI sound. Zinman's orchestra, while not quite the equal of Slatkin's, is recorded in a drier acoustic; the result is less striking at first but more detailed and rhythmically crisper in the long run. And Zinman also offers two shorter works.

Neither El Salón Mexico nor the Danzón cubano is played as impressively as the two ballet scores. The former seems a bit disjunct and the latter lacks the jumpy playfulness of the composer's own 1970 recording with the London Symphony. Still, much of the imagination and wit of these scores comes through despite these flaws, making this a most enjoyable disc.

– Richard Burke, Fanfare [11-12/1994] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore 
Length: 33 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2. Rodeo by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore 
Length: 25 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3. El salón México by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore 
Length: 11 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4. Danzón Cubano by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  David Zinman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 01/1993 
Venue:  Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Rodeo: 1. Buckaroo Holiday
Rodeo: 2. Corral Nocturne
Rodeo: 3. Saturday Night Waltz
Rodeo: 4. Hoe-Down
El Salón México
Danzón cubano
Billy the Kid - complete ballet: Introduction: The Open Prairie
Billy the Kid - complete ballet: Street In A Frontier Town
Billy the Kid - complete ballet: Mexican Dance And Finale
Billy the Kid - complete ballet: Prairie Night (Card Game At Night)
Billy the Kid - complete ballet: Gun Battle
Billy the Kid - complete ballet: Celebration - Billy In Prison - Waltz
Billy the Kid - complete ballet: Billy's Death
Billy the Kid - complete ballet: The Open Prairie Again

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Underrated Brilliance! June 28, 2014 By Jonathan G. (Calgary, AB) See All My Reviews "Full of energy and excitement, this performance by Zinman and the Baltimore players is some of the best Copland for your money anywhere." Report Abuse
 Outstanding Copland August 22, 2012 By Richard Broadbent (Emmitsburg, MD) See All My Reviews "Having heard the Baltimore Symphony play several of these works under Zinman some time back, I was thrilled with this release. This is Copland played well and boldly as much of the work intends. If I recall correctly this cd was given very favorable reviews in the major (Fanfare? Gramophone?) magazines at the time. Highest recommendation. " Report Abuse
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