The Music Of America: Aaron Copland

Release Date: 6/8/2010
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 88697700472
Composer: Aaron Copland
Number of Discs: 3

Physical Format:

CD
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$21.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Aaron Copland created maybe the most distinctively “American” sound in 20th-century music, with his exuberant ballet scores Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo – works that caught, as never before, the vastness and rugged beauty of the American landscape, and the hope-filled spirit of the people. Copland’s music is a virtual signature of the mythic American heartland. At the same time, he was a native New Yorker whose ambitious modernism was refined and transformed by his studies in Paris with Nadia Boulanger in the 1920s. This set includes the three great ballet scores, Fanfare for the Common Man, the Clarinet Concerto (heard throughout Ken Burns’ “The War”), Lincoln Portrait (Henry Fonda narrating) and a selection of Copland’s own film music. Many of the performances are conducted by Copland himself, but also feature Leonard Bernstein, Benny Goodman, Michael Tilson Thomas and John Williams.

Also includes: Quiet City, An Outdoor Overture, The Promise of Living from The Tender Land, The Red Pony Film Suite for Orchestra, Old American Songs (Set One), Concerto for Piano and Orchestra and music from the movies The City, Our Town and Of Mice and Men.
Works on This Recording
1. Fanfare for the common man by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
2. Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1943-1944 ; USA
3. Quiet City by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; USA
4. 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
5. An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
6. Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
7. Billy the Kid: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1938 ; USA
8. Lincoln Portrait by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
9. The Tender Land: The Promise of Living by Aaron Copland
Conductor: John Williams
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954/1955 ; USA
10. Red Pony: Suite by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1948 ; USA
11. Old American Songs, Set 1 by Aaron Copland
Performer: William Warfield (Baritone)
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; USA
12. Music for Movies by Aaron Copland
Conductor: Aaron Copland
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1942 ; USA
13. Concerto for Piano by Aaron Copland
Performer: Aaron Copland (Piano)
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble: New York Philharmonic
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; USA
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