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Copland: Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring; Bernstein: Fancy Free, West Side Story


Release Date: 01/11/2011 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 48645   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandLeonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard SlatkinEdo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony OrchestraMinnesota Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin. EMI Classics CDC 49766 [Appalachian Spring; “Cortège macabre” from Grohg; Letter from Home; John Henry] (released 1988).

Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Slatkin. EMI Classics CDC 47382 [Billy the Kid; Rodeo] (recorded 1985).

Leonard Slatkin, who has done such outstanding service for American music, upholds the Copland tradition with potent, sympathetically argued accounts of the big ballets. The performances by the Saint Louis Symphony could hardly be bettered, and the recordings stand out for their solid sound as well. Slatkin does both Billy the Kid and Rodeo complete, restoring some delightful music in both scores that is missed when only the
Read more suites are presented. In Rodeo, for example, it comes as a delicious surprise to hear the Saloon-piano interlude before the “Saturday Night Waltz” – and Slatkin insists on an out-of-tune upright, just the right touch. These are idiomatic, persuasive accounts, thrilling in their buildups and potent in the climaxes. Even Appalachian Spring is done complete, though in its version for full orchestra. The treatment here is gentle, and while Slatkin generates less voltage than Bernstein, his reading has nobility and an engaging warmth. The recordings were made at a rather low level, but have a wonderful ambience and extraordinary dynamic range. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
2.
Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
3.
Fancy Free by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
4.
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes - no 2, Corral Nocturne by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
5.
Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes - no 4, Hoe-down by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
6.
Facsimile by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; USA 
7.
On the Town: Three Dance episodes - no 3, Times Square, 1944 by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
8.
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Edo De Waart
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 

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