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  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Morton Gould Orchestra
  • Composer: Aaron Copland, Morton Gould
  • Audio CD (11 May 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Living Stereo
  • ASIN: B000003FEK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Appalachian Spring (Ballet For Martha): (Introduction Of Characters) - Aaron Copland
2. Appalachian Spring (Ballet For Martha): (Display of action) - Aaron Copland
3. Appalachian Spring (Ballet For Martha): (Pas De Deux For The Bride And Groom) - Aaron Copland
4. Appalachian Spring (Ballet For Martha): (Revival Meeting) - Aaron Copland
5. Appalachian Spring (Ballet For Martha): (Bride's Solo) - Aaron Copland
6. Appalachian Spring (Ballet For Martha): (Reprise Of The Introduction) - Aaron Copland
7. Appalachian Spring (Ballet For Martha): (Shaker Theme, The Gift To Be Simple) - Aaron Copland
8. Appalachian Spring (Ballet For Martha): (Coda) - Aaron Copland
9. The Tender Land: Suite: Introduction And Love Music - Aaron Copland
10. The Tender Land: Suite: Party Scene - Aaron Copland
11. The Tender Land: Suite: Finale: The Promise Of Living - Aaron Copland
12. Fall River Legend: Prologue And Waltzes - Morton Gould & His Orchestra
13. Fall River Legend: Elegy - Morton Gould & His Orchestra
14. Fall River Legend: Church Social - Morton Gould & His Orchestra
15. Fall River Legend: Hymnal Variations - Morton Gould & His Orchestra
16. Fall River Legend: Cotillion - Morton Gould & His Orchestra
17. Fall River Legend: Epilogue - Morton Gould & His Orchestra
18. Latin-American Symphonette: Tango - Morton Gould & His Orchestra
19. Latin-American Symphonette: Guaracha - Morton Gould & His Orchestra

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Ludbrook on 26 Oct 2012
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I first heard these performances many years on an LP borrowed from my local public library. The record made a lasting impact and it's been a delight to find it available on CD. Copland was a splendid conductor who I heard conduct a wide variety of American music with various British orchestras. On this occasion Copland had the great good fortune to be conducting the wonderful Boston SO recorded in the spacious acoustic of Symphony Hall, Boston. This recording of The Tender Land is, I think, the only one and whilst Appalachian Spring is available in many versions these performances are very special. The Gould is lots of fun too. The transfer to CD is impeccable, the cover is lovely and this disc is strongly recommended to all lovers of American Music.
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Copland & Gould conduct 20 Nov 2003
By Robert E. Nylund - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Here are definitive performances of music by American composers Aaron Copland and Morton Gould, conducted by the composers themselves. These were originally issued on separate RCA Victor "Living Stereo" recordings in 1960 and 1961; typical of RCA recordings of that era, they had exceptional sound.

Aaron Copland conducted the Boston Symphony Orchestra in his concert suites from the ballet "Appalachian Spring" and the opera "The Tender Land." He succeeded in getting top-notch performances from the Bostonians and left us a wonderful musical treasure.

"Appalachian Spring" is among Copland's greatest works and won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Choreographed by dancer/choreographer Martha Graham, the complete ballet is seldom heard but is available on an RCA Victor CD with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in the fully orchestrated version. The ballet was originally performed with only 13 musicians and Copland himself made a recording of that original scoring for Columbia (later reissued on Sony). This writer had an opportunity to attend a performance of the ballet by the Martha Graham group in 1975, with the composer conducting the San Jose Symphony; what a special treat it was to see Copland and Graham together. She made a memorable entrance in the San Jose Performing Arts Center as she wore a long, flowing, red, chiffon dress.

This is one of Copland's very few recordings for RCA; he was long associated with Columbia and recorded many of his works for them, usually in London with British orchestras.

Some have said that Copland was not a great conductor; that may be so, but these recorded performances are among his best and compare well with other recordings by other conductors. I always especially liked Copland's setting of the Shaker tune "Simple Gifts;" it is quite moving and magnificent. CBS used this setting as the theme for some of its special news broadcasts in the 1950's and 1960's.

A special treat is the suite from "The Tender Land." This writer sang the lively tune "Stomp Your Foot" with the San Jose State Men's Glee Club in 1968; it's wonderful to hear a fully-orchestrated version of the song. There is also some very emotional and quite tender music in the suite. The Boston musicians play with great sensitivity.

Morton Gould recorded a suite from his 1948 ballet "Fall River Legend." The full ballet score can be heard on an Albany Records CD. Gould compiled the best moments from the score, depicting the tragic events in Fall River, Massachusetts, in the early 1890's, in which Lizzie Borden was accused of murdering her parents. The music was quite nostalgic and exuberant.

This CD also includes the two middle movements from Gould's popular "Latin American Symphonette." The second movement is quite haunting and seductive, while the third movement is jubilant and highly syncopated. The performances of Gould's music here are all very good. Gould also was generally associated with Columbia Records and wrote music for a number of CBS radio broadcasts. The original RCA Victor LP also included his piano concerto, "Interplay," which is another memorable and quite original work.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful 22 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I always have thought that Copland's The Tender Land is probably one of the hidden treasures in American classical music. It's a beautiful piece of music, especially Acts 1&3. You will not be disappointed in this from one of America's most beloved composers.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent 16 Mar 2007
By Vincent G. Marino - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best way to get Copland's "Tender Land" suite. This same recording has appeared on other RCA CDs, but this Living Stereo mix is the top.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Tender Land 17 April 2013
By Sgtdrive - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first came to know this recording as a boy in high school five or six years after its first release in LP form (1959, I think). I replaced the vinyl LP album twice as I kept listening to it into the 80's, having worn out each succeeding copy, then moved to CD when it became available in that media. I bought it originally for the music from Appalachian Spring, but soon fell in love with the Suite from The Tender Land as well; through all of the changes and deepening of my listening tastes over the years (and all the other versions of this music that I own), this recording has held up. It still moves me very much. James Leonard's review in the All Music Guide is very succinct about the artistic worth of this recording.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I wonder if I will be able to listen to it in the Cloud after I die... 4 Jan 2014
By Jeff Burton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is by far the best performance of Appalachian Spring ever recorded, and it is extremely difficult to find. But I have been listening to it on vinyl, then cassette, followed by CD, and now Cloud over the past 40 years. Each medium eventually wears out, but with any luck, this time I will wear out before the Cloud does.
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