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Billy the Kid / Rodeo [Import]

Aaron Copland Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002RO5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,660 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Copland: Billy The Kid (Complete Ballet)
2. Copland: Rodeo: Buckaroo Holiday
3. Copland: Rodeo: Corral Nocturne
4. Copland: Rodeo: Piano Interlude & Saturday Night Waltz
5. Copland: Rodeo: Hoe-Down

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Leonard Slatkin, who has done such outstanding service for American music, upholds the Copland tradition with potent, sympathetically argued accounts of the big ballets. The performances by the Saint Louis Symphony could hardly be bettered, and the recordings stand out for their solid sound as well. Slatkin does both Billy the Kid and Rodeo in full, restoring some delightful music in both scores that is missed when only the suites are presented. In Rodeo, for example, it comes as a delicious surprise to hear the Saloon-piano interlude before the "Saturday Night Waltz"--and Slatkin insists on an out-of-tune upright--just the right touch. These are idiomatic, persuasive accounts, thrilling in their buildups and potent in their climaxes. Even Appalachian Spring is done in full, though in its version for full orchestra. The treatment here is gentle, and while Slatkin generates less voltage than Bernstein, his reading has nobility and an engaging warmth. The recordings were made at a rather low level, but have a wonderful ambience and extraordinary dynamic range. Unfortunately, the individual scenes of both Billy the Kid and Appalachian Spring are not separately banded. --Ted Libbey

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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To my mind, it is a real shame that Copland's complete ballet scores to Billy the Kid and Rodeo are not explored, performed or recorded more often. Leonard Slatkin's recording highlights just how brilliant the full scores are. With more dramatic music in the Billy full score than appears in the well known suite and more humour in the Rodeo score than appears in the Four Dance Episodes, these full scores show Copland's 'populist' talents to the full.
Slatkin's readings are informed and generally excellent although they don't possess the exciting, unrelenting energy that comes with some other Copland interpreters such as Michael Tilson Thomas. However, this recording is certainly of tremendous quality with fine playing from the St Louis Symphony Orchestra.
It's unfortunate that there aren't any other recordings of the complete scores. If there were, reveiwing this one would all the more simpler...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic Slatkin 22 Sep 2013
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I only bought this CD for one reason.
I had played the copy I first bought years ago so many times that I had to turn the volume right up to appreciate it!
By far the most arresting version of the complete ballet music from 'Billy the Kid', while the performance of 'Rodeo' is guaranteed to blow your socks off.
One of my most treasured possessions.
The only drawback is that the sound quality in Copland's own rendition of 'Billy the Kid' with the LSO is breathtaking and slightly superior to that of Slatkin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way Out West 15 Aug 2002
By Erik North - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I respectfully disagree with the previous reviewer regarding conductor Leonard Slatkin's recordings of Copland's two Old West ballets in their complete form. Slatkin and his great St. Louis Symphony bring out Copland's vivid impressions of frontier life in these incredible 1985 recordings which don't sound dated any more than Bernstein's 1960s recordings of the suites.
It is refreshing to hear the honky-tonk piano that serves as a pre-amble to "Rodeo"'s famous "Saturday Night Waltz" (itself derived from the old western ballad "Old Paint"); and the little additions to the celebrated "Hoe-Down" that concludes the CD. The complete "Billy The Kid" score, though not bracketed by section, is equally stunning and brilliantly performed.
In listening to this music, it is easy to see how they served as the model for many a western film score in the future. Composers such as Jerome Moross (THE BIG COUNTRY), John Williams (THE COWBOYS), Jerry Goldsmith (HOUR OF THE GUN), Jerry Fielding (THE WILD BUNCH; LAWMAN), Bruce Broughton (SILVERADO; TOMBSTONE), and especially Elmer Bernstein (THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN), owe a great debt to Copland for having developed this form of musical Americana. Slatkin and his orchestra demonstrate why that is so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Slatkin's Rodeo 19 Jan 2012
By J. Bynum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Aaron Copland

Leonard Slatkin
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

- Billy The Kid
- Rodeo

(EMI - DDD - 1986 CD)

Slatkin's Billy the Kid is very good but I perfer Copland's own version from the "Copland conducts Copland" album. However, Slatkin's version of Rodeo is excellent and it is the main reason for buying this CD. Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sterling 7 Feb 2009
By David Saemann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It is great to hear the complete scores of these two ballets. There is little doubt that Copland knew what he was doing when he prepared the two suties from these ballets, but all the music is good and there is much to be said for hearing the greatest hits from these two scores in their proper proportions. The 1985 sound engineering on this disc is almost demonstration quality. The producer was the excellent, lamented Joanna Nickrenz (whose daughter is the pianist of the Eroica Trio). A then state of the art JVC digital recorder was used, and microphoning seems to have been kept to a minimum. The result is beautifully balanced sound, with a terrific dynamic range. The sound does great justice to Slatkin's interpretations. He has a wonderful sense of the French quality of these scores in the spareness of their orchestrations and the elegance of the melodic writing. Those accustomed to Bernstein's high voltage performances may find Slatkin somewhat subdued. Nevertheless, Slatkin's take on this music really grows on you, and I think it is the best approach for repeated listening. The playing of the St. Louis Symphony, as an ensemble and by the first chairs, is simply outstanding. If there are essential Copland recordings, this CD is one of them.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A best-seller but not a great performance 1 Nov 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I suppose I should begrudge this widely admired CD a fourth star. It appeared at the height of the media's enthusiasm for Slatkin as "the next great American condcutor" during the mid-Eighties. In fact, Slatkin's career was at its zenith already, and so was his talent. Here, in music all but patented and copyrighted by Leonard Bernstein, Slatkin turns whiskey to water. His approach is cautious by Bernstein's zesty standards, his dance rhythms achingly square. (If you want the complete Billy the Kid from a ballet master, try the 1953 mono recording under Joseph Levine, also on EMI.)

For some reason The Gramophone latched on to this CD as a first choice. If they won't tell us about Copland, I promise not to tell them about Elgar.
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