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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 

Sound Samples

Billy The Kid (1999 Remastered Version): Introduction: The Open Prairie: Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): Introduction: The Open Prairie
Billy The Kid (1999 Remastered Version): Street In A Frontier Town: Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): Street In A Frontier Town
Billy The Kid (1999 Remastered Version): Mexican Dance And Finale: Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): Mexican Dance And Finale
Billy The Kid (1999 Remastered Version): Prairie Night (Card Game At Night): Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): Prairie Night (Card Game At Night)
Billy The Kid (1999 Remastered Version): Gun Battle: Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): Gun Battle
Billy The Kid (1999 Remastered Version): Celebration (After Billy's Capture): Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): Celebration (After Billy's Capture)
Billy The Kid (1999 Remastered Version): Billy In Prison (His Escape): Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): Billy In Prison (His Escape)
Billy The Kid (1999 Remastered Version): Billy In The Desert (Waltz): Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): Billy In The Desert (Waltz)
Billy The Kid (1999 Remastered Version): Billy's Death: Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): Billy's Death
Billy The Kid (1999 Remastered Version): The Open Prairie Again: Billy The Kid (1999 Digital Remaster): The Open Prairie Again
Appalachian Spring (1999 Remastered Version): Very Slowly: Appalachian Spring (1999 - Remaster): Very Slowly
Appalachian Spring (1999 Remastered Version): Allegro: Appalachian Spring (1999 - Remaster): Allegro
Appalachian Spring (1999 Remastered Version): Moderato: The Bride And Her Intended: Appalachian Spring (1999 - Remaster): Moderato: The Bride And Her Intended
Appalachian Spring (1999 Remastered Version): Fast: The Revivalist And His Flock: Appalachian Spring (1999 - Remaster): Fast: The Revivalist And His Flock
Appalachian Spring (1999 Remastered Version): Allegro: Solo Dance Of The Bartered Bride: Appalachian Spring (1999 - Remaster): Allegro: Solo Dance Of The Bartered Bride
Appalachian Spring (1999 Remastered Version): Meno Mosso: Appalachian Spring (1999 - Remaster): Meno Mosso
Appalachian Spring (1999 Remastered Version): Doppio Movimento: Variations On A Shaker Hymn: Appalachian Spring (1999 - Remaster): Doppio Movimento: Variations On A Shaker Hymn
Appalachian Spring (1999 Remastered Version): Moderato: Coda: Appalachian Spring (1999 - Remaster): Moderato: Coda
Rodeo (1999 Remastered Version): Corral Nocturne: Rodeo (1999 Digital Remaster): Corral Nocturne
Rodeo (1999 Remastered Version): Hoe-Down: Rodeo (1999 Digital Remaster): Hoe-Down
Fancy Free: I. Big Stuff (Introduction to 'Fancy Free' , jukebox style)
Fancy Free: II. Opening Dance
Fancy Free: III. Scene at the Bar
Fancy Free: IV. Girls' Entrance
Fancy Free: V. Pas de deux
Fancy Free: VI. Competition Scene
Fancy Free: VII. Variations I (Galop)
Fancy Free: VIII. Variations II (Waltz)
Fancy Free: IX. Variation III (Danzon)
Fancy Free: X. Finale
Facsimile
On the Town - Three Dance Episodes: III. Times Square: 1944
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Prologue
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Somewhere
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Scherzo
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Mambo
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Cha-Cha
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Meeting Scene
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): 'Cool' Fugue
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Rumble
West Side Story - Symphonic Dances (orch. Sid Ramin & Irwin Kostal): Finale

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