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Copland Conducts Copland- Appalachian Spring, Etc

Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Cbs Masterworks Catalog #: 42431   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Performer:  Paul JacobsBroadus ErleMarilyn WrightHerb Sorkin,   ... 
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Various/Copland. CBS Masterworks 42431 [Appalachian Spring (complete ballet in original chamber scoring); Billy the Kid; Lincoln Portrait].

Although it has come to be much better known in Copland’s arrangement for full orchestra, Appalachian Spring was originally composed for a chamber-sized complement of 13 instruments, the maximum that would fit in front of the stage at the Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress – where Martha Graham’s company gave the premiere of the ballet in 1944. Many listeners prefer the more vibrant and homespun sound of this original version of Appalachian Spring, with its intimate expressiveness, to the splashiness and color of Copland’s rescoring, as brilliant as it is. Here, Copland
Read more conducts a hand-picked group of New York free-lancers in what must be counted a definitive performance; the playing is energetic and expressive, the sentiment deep but not too sweet. Copland’s 1968 account of his Lincoln Portrait, with Henry Fonda as narrator, and 1969 reading of the suite from Billy the Kid round out the disc most satisfactorily. All three recordings are remarkably vivid. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. Read less

Works on This Recording

Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Paul Jacobs (Piano), Broadus Erle (Violin), Marilyn Wright (Violin),
Herb Sorkin (Violin), Gerald Tarack (Violin), Jeanne Ingraham (Violin),
Ani Kavafian (Violin), Harry Zaratzian (Viola), Harold Coletta (Viola),
Giorgio Ricci (Cello), Jesse Levy (Cello), Julius Levine (Double Bass),
Charles Russo (Clarinet), Harold Bennett (Flute), Loren Glickman (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Date of Recording: 1973 
Venue:  CBS 30th Street Studio, NYC 
Length: 32 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: Version: Original (for chamber ensemble) 
Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
Performer:  Henry Fonda (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Length: 15 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: English 
Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Length: 21 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Very Slowly
Subito allegro
Meno mosso
Doppio movimento
Rather slow
Very deliberate
Poco piu mosso
A trifle slower
Molto allegro ed agitato
Moderato (like a prayer)
Lento (Voice)
Subito Allegro (Voice)
"Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history..." (Voice)
Introduction: The Open Praire
Street in a Frontier Town
Prairie Night (Card game at Night)
Gun Battle
Celebration (after Billy's Capture)
Billy's Death
The Open Praire Again

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