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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

Copland: Clarinet Concerto etc.
Drucker; New York Philharmonic/Bernstein. DG 431 672.

There has never been a better interpreter of Copland’s music than Leonard Bernstein. Lenny’s affection for – and understanding of – Copland and his music was matched by a unique physical ability to get the feeling of the music across as a conductor; in essence, he became the music when he conducted it, something Copland himself wasn’t capable of. As a consequence, Bernstein’s accounts of Copland’s music speak with a convincing accent and special authority. That’s certainly the case with these performances, which date from the last year of Bernstein’s life and find him reunited with his old band, the New York Philharmonic. The bookends
Read more are the Music for Theatre, from 1925, and Connotations for Orchestra, commissioned by Bernstein and the Philharmonic for the opening of their new home at Lincoln Center in 1962. Both are impressively done, as is El Salon Mexico, one of the most rousing and colorful of Copland’s orchestral essays. A different Copland emerges in the Clarinet Concerto, which was composed for Benny Goodman in 1947 and fashioned with a lapidary touch. The Philharmonic’s principal clarinet, Stanley Drucker, steps easily into the solo role, playing with great sensitivity in the pensive opening movement – which, with Lenny on the podium, sounds very slow and full of tenderness, though perhaps a bit too poignant – and showing plenty of agility in the concerto’s finale, where Latin and jazz elements come into play along with the high notes that were one of Goodman’s specialties. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

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. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 I WAITED A LONG TIME FOR THIS! February 16, 2015 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "---and now, here it is. I've been a fan of Stanley Drucker and his brilliant, virtuosic, just plain wonderful clarinet playing for many years, and now I get to hear him go to town on Copland's clarinet concerto---and with Bernstein conducting as only he can. This is truly a masterpiece and a superb addition to my shelf of Americana. Merci beaucoup, muchas gracias, and just plain THANK YOU!" Report Abuse
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