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Copland: The Populist

Copland: The Populist Lowest new price: $4.06
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The year 2000 marks the centenary for Aaron Copland, and what better conductor to bring his best-loved Americana compositions into the next millennium than Michael Tilson Thomas? On his follow-up to 1996's Copland: The Modernist disc, the forward-thinking conductor leads the San Francisco Symphony through Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring, and Rodeo--three well-worn compositions steeped in Americana and virtually owned by Leonard Bernstein on a now legendary single disc. But Tilson Thomas doesn't try to compete with Bernstein, instead giving these works an inventive, impressionistic reading all his own. He adds a noirish color to the introduction of Billy the Kid, a perfect contrast to the work's folksier elements. On the opening of Appalachian Spring, Tilson Thomas's unhurried timings create a sense of suspense (not bad for a work we've all heard dozens of times!). And, thanks to great recording techniques by RCA Victor, Rodeo is a rollicking good time that you'll want to crank up on the stereo. Sure, we've all heard these pieces before, but Tilson Thomas makes them sound fresh again. Great stuff. --Jason Verlinde

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Copland: Billy the Kid, Rodeo / Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite

Copland: Billy the Kid, Rodeo / Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite Lowest new price: $8.91
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Gould had a leg up on the conducting competition, as he brought a composer's perspective to his authoritative interpretations of Copland and Grof+ª-AND he knew both men. Here are pristine new remasters of Copland's Billy the Kid and Rodeo and Grof+ª's Grand Canyon Suite , with one track ( Billy the Kid Waltz ) new to CD!

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Copland: Appalachian Spring; The Tender Land Suite / Morton Gould: Fall River Legend

Copland: Appalachian Spring; The Tender Land Suite / Morton Gould: Fall River Legend Lowest new price: $11.98
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Two of America's greatest composers-Aaron Copland and Morton Gould-conduct their own works.

These sunny, lucid performances are the best Aaron Copland has ever given us of his own music. In truth, he was not a great conductor, and much of the credit for the success of this disc must go to the Boston Symphony--the orchestra that, along with the New York Philharmonic, has been most closely associated with Copland's music. In addition to the lovely Appalachian Spring ballet, Copland includes a charming suite from his rarely performed opera The Tender Land. It shares the same openly "American" style as the ballet, so if you like the one, you'll be sure to enjoy this novelty as well. Gould's Fall River Legend is a warmly melodic ballet on the Lizzie Borden story. It makes an apt coupling. --David Hurwitz

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Copland: The Music of America

Copland: The Music of America Lowest new price: $7.93
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Model: 2023060

When it comes to light, folk-flavored listening, the music of Aaron Copland is some of the best and most popular. When it comes to crowd-pleasing conducting, Erich Kunzel is one of the great successes. This album contains most of Copland's essential compositions, in all or part: "Fanfare for the Common Man," four movements from "Rodeo," "Quiet City," "Billy the Kid," and "Appalachian Spring." All are performed in fine form; it would be nice to have all of "Rodeo," but this is otherwise all the Copland that most folks will need, and in one package. --Sarah Bryan Miller

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Bernstein Conducts Copland

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7 songs,1981

If Copland's own recordings of his music have the warmth of a soft summer night, those by Leonard Bernstein convey the blazing heat of noon. In his later remakes of several of these scores for Deutsche Grammophon, Bernstein exhibited a tendency toward overly-nuanced readings. But his earlier accounts with the New York Philharmonic, recorded by CBS in the late 1950s and early 1960s, are still incomparable in their vitality and impetus. Bernstein's way with the Western ballets is exuberantly personal and persuasive. He has the ability to move between delicacy and brashness, always getting the gestures right, and he delivers magical characterizations of both scores. The Phiharmonic's playing, while sometimes a bit raw, is confident and rhythmically secure; there is certainly nothing to apologize for here. There is a wonderful sense of immediacy to Bernstein's account of the Appalachian Spring Suite, in which the New Yorkers give a virtuosic account of themselves, playing in a rhythmically incisive fashion that puts Copland's account with the London Symphony in the shadows. The couplings are a mixed bag, however. Bernstein always had the measure of El Salon Mexico, and gives a rousing account of it here. But the so-called Fanfare for the Common Man is lifted from his recording of the Third Symphony; its beginning is not the same as that of the real fanfare. Both recordings have been wonderfully remastered by their original producer, John McClure, and have excellent presence and a palpable sense of atmosphere in the quiet pages. --Ted Libbey

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American Classics

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Copland: Symphony No. 3 / Quiet City

Copland: Symphony No. 3 / Quiet City Lowest new price: $7.28
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Brand: BERNSTEIN/NEW YORK P
Model: 1989834

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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 18-MAY-1990

Late in his career, Leonard Bernstein returned to the greatest orchestral work by his lifelong friend, Aaron Copland, with a performance that eclipsed all others, including Bernstein's own previous recording of the Symphony no. 3 on Sony. Though Copland's stock still hadn't climbed back to its present height, Bernstein gave the music a grandeur that made you forget how much of a cliché the Fanfare for the Common Man--which was worked into the finale of the Third--can be. In fact, many of the world-stopping qualities Bernstein brought to his second Mahler cycle for Deutsche Grammophon seem much in evidence here, with the New York Philharmonic playing as though its collective life depended on it. --David Patrick Stearns

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Labyrinth

Labyrinth Lowest new price: $8.50
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Brand: LA GUITAR QT.

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Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 23-MAY-1995

Features:

  • Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

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Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring / Old American Songs / Rodeo / Fanfare for the Common Man

Copland Conducts Copland: Appalachian Spring / Old American Songs / Rodeo / Fanfare for the Common Man Lowest new price: $7.95
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A Copland Celebration, Vol. I

A Copland Celebration, Vol. I Lowest new price: $14.99
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