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Appalachian Spring (Bernstein) [Import]

Aaron Copland, New York Philharmonic Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Aaron Copland
  • Audio CD (17 Dec 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Bmg Classics
  • ASIN: B0000029XG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,009 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Appalachian Spring
2. Rodeo (Four Dance Episodes)
3. Billy the Kid (Orchestral Suite)
4. Very Slowly
5. Allegro
6. Moderato
7. Fast
8. Subito Allegro
9. As at first (slowly)
10. Doppio movimento
11. Moderato Coda
12. Buckaroo Holiday. Allegro con spirito
13. Corral Nocturne. Moderato
14. Saturday Night Waltz. Introduction - Slow Waltz
15. Hoe-Down. Allegro
16. Introduction. The open Prairie
17. Street in a Frontier Town
18. Mexican Dance and Finale
19. Prairie Night (Card game at night)
20. Gun Battle
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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Happy is the composer who has an advocate as passionate and talented as Leonard Bernstein. These Copland performances have been the preferred versions since they were first issued--better even than the composer's own, later recordings. Originally they were spread over two discs, but thanks to the extended playing time of the compact disc, you can now get all three great Copland ballets together, along with the ever popular Fanfare for the Common Man. Bernstein brings to this music the right sharpness of rhythm but also a typically open-hearted warmth. He coaxes a virtuoso response from the New York Philharmonic, which knows this music as well (or better) than anyone. Self- recommending. --David Hurwitz

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I am not in favor of short reviews, yet the names speak for themselves. It is not conceivable that you missed any of them unless you are new to this planet. That being said let me toss in some of the music before my opinion. Appalachian Spring - Rodeo - Billy the Kid - Fanfare for the Common Man.
Now here is the cliché. If you are starting out and only buy one Copland, this is it. There are many great recordings, yet you are not likely to find this combination of Composer and conductor and music again. My favorite on the set is Fanfare for the Common Man; however the others come close. You should obtain this album for your favorites also.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Jun 2007
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This is indeed a very special disc. Bernstein had a great affinity with Copland during the course of his lifetime both personally and professionally and in these recordings that affinity is there for all to hear. There is one point during the course of Appalachian Spring where he builds the strings up to such an emotional crescendo that many a listener could be moved almost to tears. In Rodeo, his pacing is quick throughout culminating in a rip-roaring Hoe-Down finale that is completely invigorating. Billy the Kid is also meticulously performed with Bernstein bringing out every detail in a way that is utterly captivating. Rather than going for the popular version of Fanfare for the Common Man, Bernstein opts for the alternative version which forms part of Copland's Third Symphony. Those looking for the definitive "greatest hits" package may be disappointed at the inclusion of this alternative version. Equally, when performed as a stand alone piece, some may feel that this alternative version lacks a bit of cohesion and certainly some will find the sudden key change disconcerting when taken out of the context of the Third Symphony as a whole. However, for me that's one of the reasons why this disc is so special - Bernstein is presenting us with his own view of what Copland's music is all about. One final point to make - these recordings are all between 40 and 50 years old, but the quality of the remastering is so good that you would struggle to believe it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic combination 13 April 2010
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This is one of my favourite CDs - the quality of the recording and the rendition of the music is excellent. The emotion and beauty if the music is very touching. I thoroughly recommend that you purchase this CD - for sure you won't regret it and will have a wonderful experience.
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I love this music by Copeland who influenced the music written by film composers ever since together with "Rodeo". I have always loved it and Bernstein is a passionate conductor.
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143 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS ONE! 8 Aug 2003
By A. Tohline - Published on Amazon.com
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Pardon my shouting, but it's true. All the accolades this disc receives are warranted, and more. The playing on Appalachian Spring is pure, impassioned, eternal. No wonder Copland won the Pulitzer for it in 1945. It's just incredible. This recording of the Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo is DEFINITIVE. Every nuance and outburst of joyous energy in Buckaroo Holiday and Hoe Down is perfect. No one has done it better. And while Billy the Kid is "harder to mess up" in my opinion, I still haven't found a better reading of it than this one.
Just a couple of caveats, though. If you want the COMPLETE ballets for Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, and Billy the Kid, you will NOT find them here. These are the suites. For the complete Appalachian Spring (all 36 minutes in one track), I recommend Michael Tilson Thomas' version on a CD with the San Francisco Symphony called The Populist. And for complete versions of the other two, you need look no further than Leonard Slatkin's recordings with the St. Louis Symphony.
And then three more notes on the playing. The timpani player did an incredible job on this Bernstein Century recording; he consistently played the heck out the ample parts he got in all four pieces. This is one of the best features of the disc (I mean, you've gotta have good timpani for the Gun Battle in Billy the Kid, and here he does!)
Secondly, take particular note that the version of Fanfare for the Common Man is NOT the original. It is Copland's rescoring for his third symphony (which is also great in its own right). If you want the real original version, the best you can find features Copland himself conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, released on various other CDs on the Sony label, including a 36-minute "EP" called Aaron Copland Super Hits. If you do happen to buy that CD, note that it is mostly chopped up excerpts. However, the readings of El Salon Mexico and Fanfare make it worth the purchase price.
Thirdly and finally, I expected some sheer grandioso from the Variations on a Shaker Tune (Simple Gifts), which happens to be track seven on this recording. While Bernstein's reading is balanced and polished, this is the one place where he really should've played it up but didn't. Incidentally, Michael Tilson Thomas DOES play it up on his version of the complete ballet that I mentioned previously, really getting the low brass to ripple and rumble. It's very satisfying at high volume.
Please don't misconstrue these warnings to be negative. If you're getting a start in Copland's most popular repertoire, this Bernstein Century CD is the ONLY place to start. I just caution you that if you don't move on the other recordings as well, you are really missing the whole picture.
68 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough superlatives to describe this gem of a disc. 30 May 2000
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There are many recordings I have heard of these classic Copland works, conducted by such luminaries as Zubin Mehta, Donald Johanos, Morton Gould, even Eugene Ormandy. But none of these conductors knew the music of Aaron Copland better than his friend of 53 years, Leonard Bernstein, who Copland many times said conducted his music as if he had written it himself. No disc displays the tenderness and vivacity of Copland's Americana better than Bernstein and the Philharmonic's sensational performances of "Appalachian Spring," "Rodeo," and "Billy the Kid." These are works I know by heart, but it takes some doing for specific performances to make me emotional, and the fading last strains of "Appalachian" did it on my first listening test. The sound quality is top-notch, even for these recordings from 1959-1961. Look no further than Bernstein - who knew Copland better than anyone else - to deliver the finest recordings of these works ever. This is America at its most beautiful and exuberant. Do yourself a favor and start your collection of American music here.
46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily the best Copland pieces and conductor 20 April 2000
By Justin Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've owned this CD since before its rerelease as part of the "Bernstein Century" series and have always treasured it. There are who-knows-how-many Copland recordings out there and I can honestly say this is the best I've yet heard. Although my musical taste hasn't always gravitated toward this sort of music, there's an unmistakable sincerity in Copland that speaks to me as an American and a lover of both folk and art music... is there any moment in all classical music history quite like the inception of "The Gift to Be Simple" in Appalachian Spring? Copland is never sappy, and can be quite muscular and rhythmically charged as much as lyrical and folksy. And Bernstein, a composer in this American tradition himself (arguably in some repertoire a true disciple of Copland), is the right conductor for these pieces. I'm still amazed at what a strong and yet immmediately comprehensible piece "Billy the Kid" is, equal to Appalachian Spring... Rodeo is also a delight. If you don't already have this one, I'd pick it up for this very reasonable discounted price and check out some of the late piano repertoire of Copland while you're at it too. It's easy to see here why Copland is one of American Classical's enduring names in composition and Bernstein in conducting! Enjoy!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Copland doesn't get any better than this 10 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an essential cd for classical music lovers. Even by Copland's own admission, nobody conducted his music better than Bernstein, and this recording is a prime example. If you're looking for versions of these works, don't hesitate.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars US innocence in full bloom 6 Nov 2000
By David Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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At their best no more "American Music" than Mozart or Dvorak are "European Music", Copland's mid-century masterpieces find their lushest expression in Bernstein's recording.
Fanfare for the Common Man is today such a TV-sports section cliche that you have to listen carefully to appreciate it; Bernstein and his orchestra, playing in 1966, just let it rip. "Billy the Kid" and "Rodeo" both benefit from extraordinarily clear and precise renderings. Bernstein pushes too fast through the latter's "Hoe-Down", but the "Corral Nocturne" is a langurous delight.
But the real treasure of this album is, of course, Appalachian Spring. When at age sixteen I first heard the opening three minutes of the piece, I determined to hunt it down. When I heard the first two movements together, I cried. Nothing describes the United States' desire for innocence and its ambition for good as perfectly as the 27 minutes of Copland's Pulitzer Prize-winning score. And no-one has matched the playing of the New York Philharmonic that day in Manhattan in 1961.
These works have long been consigned to a sort of ghetto for "frontier pieces". They're far more than that.
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