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Copland: Appalachian Spring, Etc; Hindemith / Lane, Shaw


Release Date: 11/23/2004 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 60648   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Aaron CoplandPaul Hindemith
Conductor:  Louis LaneRobert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

About three years ago, Sony issued two-channel SACD re-masterings of popular Aaron Copland programs led by the composer and Leonard Bernstein. While Louis Lane and the Atlanta Symphony in their 1981 Telarc recordings can’t quite match the authority of those versions, when heard on their own they boast irresistible zest and, in the slow sections, delicacy. Lane is most effective in the rambunctious moments of Rodeo, even if he doesn’t quite achieve the swing of Bernstein or, on conventional CD, Schwarz.

The Robert Shaw/Atlanta Symphony treatment of Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis also fares well, even if it doesn’t have the
Read more muscle and virtuosity of Bernstein or Telarc’s later recording by Levi. Shaw’s approach is almost balletic; he maintains a feathery step where he can, and the lightest textures Hindemith’s often thick scoring will allow. The two-channel DSD remastering for SACD calls attention to the thrilling percussion sound and the ringing clarity of the brass, but it also strips away what minor digital glare came between the orchestra and reality in earlier issues.

James Reel, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

1. Appalachian Spring: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Louis Lane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943-1944; USA 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 22 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1945
Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis (03/27/1981 - 03/28/1981) 
2. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Louis Lane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Date of Recording: 03/1981 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 18 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3. Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Louis Lane
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Venue:  Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Powell Symphony Hall, St Louis (03/27/1981 - 03/28/1981) 
4. Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Venue:  Symphony Hall, Woodruff Center, Atlanta 
Length: 20 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Symphony Hall, Woodruff Center, Atlanta (11/16/1980 - 11/18/1980) 

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