Copland Conducts Copland- Appalachian Spring, Etc

Release Date: 3/15/1988
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: MK42431
Composer: Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1

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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 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.
Works on This Recording
1. Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Performer: Harry Zaratzian (Viola), Gerald Tarack (Violin), Ani Kavafian (Violin), Giorgio Ricci (Cello), Broadus Erle (Violin), Loren Glickman (Bassoon), Harold Bennett (Flute), Paul Jacobs (Piano), Marilyn Wright (Violin), Harold Coletta (Viola), Charles Russo (Clarinet), Julius Levine (Double Bass), Herb Sorkin (Violin), Jeanne Ingraham (Violin), Jesse Levy (Cello)
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1944 ; USA
2. Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
Performer: Henry Fonda (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
3. Billy the Kid by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
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