The Copland Collection - 1936-1948

Release Date: 1/29/1991
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: S3K46559
Composer: Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Number of Discs: 3

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Copland: Orchestral works (including Billy the Kid; Rodeo; Appalachian Spring; El Salon Mexico; Fanfare for the Common Man)

Various orchestras/Aaron Copland. Sony SM3K 46559 [“Orchestral & Ballet Works, 1936-1948,” 3 CDs, including Billy the Kid Suite; Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo; Appalachian Spring Suite; El Salon Mexico; Fanfare for the Common Man] (recorded 1963-76).

Aaron Copland made numerous recordings of his own music, including an extensive series for CBS during the 1960s and ’70s, mostly with London orchestras. He was not an especially proficient conductor – consequently, the performances he conducted often lacked pace and rhythmic punch. His last recordings of the most popular of his scores, reissued by Sony, do a good job of conveying the overall shape of the pieces, and deliver telling characterizations of many episodes. Details emerge that are lost in some other accounts, and there is an appealing gentleness and sweetness to the approach. But the readings do not have as much grip as those of Bernstein and Slatkin, among others, and in spite of the authority they automatically possess, they are not necessarily preferable. – Ted Libbey, author of The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection.
Works on This Recording
1. El salón México by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1932-1936 ; USA
2. An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
3. Billy the Kid: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
4. Quiet City by Aaron Copland
Performer: Michael Winfield (English Horn), William Lang (Trumpet)
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; USA
5. John Henry by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1940/1952 ; USA
6. Las agachadas by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: New England Conservatory Chorus
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
7. Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
8. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
9. Music for Movies by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
10. Appalachian Spring: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944-1945 ; USA
11. Letter from Home by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944/1962 ; USA
12. Danzón Cubano by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
13. Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
Performer: Henry Fonda (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
14. Symphony no 3 by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944-1946 ; USA
15. Concerto for Clarinet by Aaron Copland
Performer: Benny Goodman (Clarinet)
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1947-1948 ; USA
16. Our Town: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1945 ; USA
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