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Copland: El Salón México, Clarinet Concerto, Etc / Bernstein


Release Date: 09/12/1991 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 431672   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Performer:  Stanley Drucker
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bernstein is in his element, as Stanley Drucker gives a most tender, kindly, mercurial and virtuosic reading of the Clarinet Concerto.

...Made four years after the Third Symphony recording Bernstein and the NYPO allowed the DG engineering team into the Avery Fisher Hall again in October 1989... In El Salon Mexico Bernstein is in his element with music that could have been written for him. Certainly he knew the score intimately having prepared the piano reduction for the composer from the full score shortly after it had been written. from The recording is spectacular and the bass drum thwacks at 10:53 still vibrate the light fittings and reverberate against the rib-cage. Stanley Drucker by then an old-timer with the NYPO
Read more gives a most tender, kindly, mercurial and virtuosic reading of the Clarinet Concerto. Drucker’s way with the more lyrically singing music had me reconsidering my prejudices against this work. This is by the far the best recording of it that I have heard. The five part suite Copland called Music for the Theatre is spare, Stravinskian, circus-brash and humane. The languid singer can be heard in the lazy stroll in the third movement of the five. The disc traces Copland’s progress from the accessible Salon via stages of sophistication until we reach the ultima thule of Connotations which is both imposing and thorny; one of Copland’s serial compositions. Was he really such a dedicated follower of fashion? It remains a vivid and anguished testament.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
reviewing this CD as part of the box set DG 474940
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Works on This Recording

1. El salón México by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1936; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1989 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, NYC 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Clarinet by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Stanley Drucker (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1947-1948; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1989 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, NYC 
Length: 17 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3. Music for the Theatre by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1989 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, NYC 
Length: 23 Minutes 27 Secs. 
4. Connotations by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1989 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, NYC 
Length: 20 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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