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American Classics - Copland: Symphony No 3, Etc / Judd


Release Date: 04/16/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559106   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Aaron Copland
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Don't let the brevity of this review lead to the incorrect conclusion that there isn't plenty to enjoy, for James Judd and his New Zealand orchestra offer a pair of terrific Copland performances. Billy the Kid gets a shapely, dramatic interpretation: the initial and closing evocations of the West's wide open spaces offer grandeur without bombast, while the ensuing episodes follow seamlessly, including a very exciting gunfight. In the symphony, Judd is very much his own man. He catches the simple dignity of the first movement very well, then turns in the most dynamic scherzo since the composer's own Everest recording. The Andantino, taken at a daringly slow (but never slack) pace, sets up the blazing finale with particular effectiveness. Read more Here, Judd and his players pull out all the stops, with nicely differentiated brass timbres in the opening fanfare and some really tight, rhythmic playing in the buildup to the central development's crunching climax. The closing pages once again provide the right feeling of triumph without the excess pomposity that has bothered so many critics and performers (even Bernstein) over the years. Naxos gets good, natural sound, though some of the percussion (snare drum rim shots, woodblock, and bass drum) seems a bit too backwardly placed--not a major point. This is a very fine release indeed. [2/14/2002]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1946; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand 
Length: 43 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Billy the Kid: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; USA 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand 
Length: 21 Minutes 20 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Billy the Kid Suite: Billy the Kid
Symphony No. 3: Molto moderato
Symphony No. 3: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 3: Andantino
Symphony No. 3: Molto deliberato

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