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Appalachian Spring

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1. Appalachian Spring
2. The Tender Land: Introduction and Love Music
3. The Tender Land: Party Scene
4. The Tender Land: Finale: The Promise of Living
5. Billy the Kid -- Ballet suite

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A Excellent CD 25 Jan. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD gives you two of Aaron Copland's most popular ballets, with Appalachian Spring being a performance conducted by the composer himself. Both Copland and Ormandy give wonderful readings of both works and the Boston Symphony and Philadelphia Orchestra are excellent. This CD also includes a wonderful performance of a work that I feel is often unfairly neglected, the Tenderland Suite. In my opinion, this is some of Copland's best and most beautiful music, and the conductor's excellent reading with the Boston Symphony deserves to be listened to.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An Older Recording, Now a True Collector's item 2 Aug. 2009
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Aaron Copland continues to be an American icon in music. His tunes are as 'of the people' as any composer's in this country. In this recording are some particular treasures - three suites for orchestra conducted with strength and well produced sound despite the older sonics used in the original recordings. The pleasure here is the opportunity to hear Copland conduct his own music with an outstanding orchestra (aided by another fine conductor in Eugene Ormandy and his Philadelphia Orchestra in the Billy the Kid suite). Both 'Appalachian Spring' and 'Billy the Kid' are staples of the repertoire of orchestras both in this country and abroad and here both suites are performed with a gentle clarity that captures the atmosphere of each.

But for this listener the genuine pleasure is the performance of 'The Tender Land' suite from the opera written for television but not performed as planned because of the dastardly period in our history when artists were interrogated by the Committee trying to prove the Communist affiliation of some of our finest thinkers and artists. That Copland could rise above this tragic error on the part of our government and return to conduct this performance with the sensitive support from the Boston Symphony Orchestra adds special luster to this recording. The work is far too infrequently performed, either as opera or as orchestral suite, for here is some of Copland's strongest orchestral writing - rich in melody and lush orchestration. Hopefully 'The Tender Land' will be heard more frequently in the future as people who love Copland's famous works seek the lesser known pieces and grow with the composer's output. This is a very valuable and affordable CD well worth adding to the library. Grady Harp, August 09
Fine Americana Music, from the Source himself. 2 Mar. 2015
By NUC MED TECH - Published on
Format: Audio CD
03/02/2015 Here is the Boston Symphony orchestra in their recording of three of Aaron Copland's compositions for orchestra. "Appalachian Spring," leads off and runs a stately 25:20. Next is an orchestral suite derived from his opera, "Thee Tender Land," running for a total of 20:36 and this disc concludes with the famous suite from one of his ballets, "Billy the Kid.. The composer leads the BSO in all three performances on this RCA Victor full priced CD. All told, this stereo CD offers us 65 plus minutes of finely crafted American Music.


For years, I regarded Copland as a sort of a run of the mill composer, and since it seemed as if every country had to have at least one of their own in the world catalog, Amrrica might as well of had Copland. I found him generally pleasing, seldom boring, never really offensive or rude and overall, palatable and easily digested with a minimum if stress. Over the years I discovered my errors and came to see this man as a good composer, with interesting rhythms and twists and turns that kept my interest above average. I rather soon began to sit up and cease from yawning at , say, Appalchian Spring," and felt obliged to treat his other many works in the same polite manner.
The results were positive and I regret some that I didn't take action earlier. I was prticularily touched and impressed with that old "was-horse," "Appalachian Spring," but now I could smell the aroma of a warm spring rain, the remnants of a late frost and the hear the laughter of the country folk, jubilant with the prospect of winter having past, and all of :nature" having re-awoken from it's long, dark slumber. And, who would be better at shaping that then the composer?
Thhere are few composer-conductors in the history of Music, and even few who also play as a solist/recitalist on a regular basis. Copland was, for his music, a good, solid and trustworthy podium chief and anything of his conducted by him is on the brim of my sopping cart. Therefore, all three of these pieces gt the full treatment, with spikey rhythms, broad vistas, cappriccious winds and strings and a tempo that never seems out of place, at least to my ears. The lone poit of haggling is the price, so I shop for the "el cheapo" disc and I have generally been successful and satisfied. Highly recommended with a well deserved 3.75 stars.
Best wishes, happy listening and God bless all, Tony. AMDG!!!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Sir Aaron Copland! 16 Nov. 2009
By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Commissioned by Martha Graham in 1944, the "Appalachian Suite" represents by far the supreme artistic creation of Copland.

This score not only shines due its pristine musicality but its genuine hypnotic power making the listener to evoke and explore those never before visited territories of the collective unconscious that based on a fervent love for the country, trespass its own boundaries to become a legend.

Before Copland, North America had not been depicted with such distinguished refinement. This score is a genuine musical canvas (like Finlandia's Sibelius or Elgar his "Enigma variations" Respigjhi's Fountains of Rome or Kodaly's Dances of Galanta). Of course, Copland's fanfare is always a genuine pride's motive for all those who feel his heart to inflame to unsuspected heights. Perhaps the other North American composer who achieved a distinguished peak was Samuel Barber with his adagio for strings.

The tender land is another sample of his creative genius. But Billy the Kid represents the opther side of the coin: the embodiment of the most famous myth the West ever knew: the rivalry between the irreverent and inmature Billy and his relentless executor Pat Garret.

At last instance, this album is now part of the myth: the materialization of a legend, the construction of a mythical score: his supreme masterpiece.
Joy to listen to! 24 Feb. 2013
By Recent Retiree - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What could be better? Copland conducting Copland, perfect!
Each time I listen, I hear something more; always a delightful experience.
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