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Music for the Soul

Music for the Soul Lowest new price: $19.89
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Copland: Music for Films

Copland: Music for Films Lowest new price: $27.51
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1. - 7. The Red Pony - 1. Morning on the Ranch, 2. The Gift, 3. Dream March, 4. Circus Music, 5. Walk to the Bunkhouse, 6. Grandfather's Story, 7. Happy Ending, 8. Our Town, 9. The Heiress Suite, 10. - 14. Music for the Movies - 10. New England Countryside, 11. Barley Wagons, 12. Sunday Trafic, 13, Grovers Corners, 14. Threshing Machines, 15. Prairie Journal (Music for Radio)

This is a great series of recordings. Leonard Slatkin has generally chosen the right balance of music for the composers used in the series (with terrific cover art from Thomas Hart Benton). This disc is devoted to Copland's film music. The treat here is a version of The Heiress Suite reconstructed by Arnold Freed. Copland's talent for writing for films rested in his ability to identify and maintain themes, at the same time not slacking on the transitional details. This belongs in any Copland collection. --Paul Cook

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Bax: The Symphonies

Bax: The Symphonies Lowest new price: $34.91
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This 5-CD set includes all seven symphonies by Arnold Bax (1883-1953), the familiar tone poem Tintagel, and the Rogue's Comedy Overture in its premier recording. It also features Vernon Handley in two interviews--one with Lewis Foreman in the booklet, one with Andrew McGregor on the final disc. However, it's probably advisable to listen to it first, since Handley, one of Bax's most dedicated champions, has many illuminating things to say. Bax called himself "a brazen romantic....my music is the expression of emotional states." The symphonies, written between 1921 and 1939, certainly reflect both inner and outer events: the Irish Uprising, which deeply affected Bax, who loved Ireland and lost many friends to the "troubles," World War I and the looming threat of World War II. Perhaps the most striking and pervasive characteristic of the music is contrast. All the symphonies have three movements divided into many sections with different tempo indications, signaling changing mood and character. Indeed, moods change constantly, often abruptly and violently; dynamics surge and swell, climaxes build with increasingly ferocious power. The orchestration is masterful, creating color, texture, atmosphere and expression; at full throttle, the sound shakes the rafters. The music is predominantly serious, somber, dark, with outbursts of passion, turbulence, bitterness and anger, relieved by unexpectedly rambunctious and martial sections. Every symphony opens on low instruments, setting a dark, ominous mood, but several end with a triumphant flourish, while others fade away with an Epilogue in serenity or resignation. No. 7 is regarded as Bax's compositional farewell, No. 4 as "cheerful and blustery." The form is sometimes cyclical, with opening material returning in another guise, which, for the naked ear, is difficult to discern. Most memorable are the truly beautiful, luxuriously lyrical melodies that abound especially in the slow movements. The playing is first-rate throughout. --Edith Eisler

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Atterberg: Complete Symphonies

Atterberg: Complete Symphonies Lowest new price: $34.28
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Violin Concerto / Angels & Visitations

Violin Concerto / Angels & Visitations Lowest new price: $9.98
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8- Stalingrad

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8- Stalingrad Lowest new price: $10.88
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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8- Stalingrad

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Hans Werner Henze: Barcarola per grande orchestra / Symphony No. 7

Hans Werner Henze: Barcarola per grande orchestra / Symphony No. 7 Lowest new price: $9.95
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Miaskovsky: Symphony 6

Miaskovsky: Symphony 6 Lowest new price: $16.98
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Appalachian Spring / Quiet City - Ultima Series

Appalachian Spring / Quiet City - Ultima Series Lowest used price: $2.31


Complete Symphonies [3 CD]

Complete Symphonies [3 CD] Lowest new price: $17.68
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Model: 1992615

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