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Copland: Prairie Journal / The Red Pony Suite / Letter From Home

31 Aug 2006 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 31 Aug 2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 2006 Naxos
  • Total Length: 59:47
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  • ASIN: B001LZQHIM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,445 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DMH TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Dec 2007
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Like me, you probably don't know the Buffalo Philharmonic or the conductor Jo-Ann Falletta, but don't let that put you off. This is quite simply a stunning disc. The performances are full of life and very well played indeed. The recording is very truthful and combines immediacy with a good overall perspective on things. It also has a very extended bottom end so that things like the bass drum really do make an impact. Most enjoyable and thoroughly recommended, as well as excellent value for money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss M. Potter TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 May 2011
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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with JoAnn Falletta present a fabulous recording here at a bargain price. This is an excellent recording full of vitality and power.
There are two suites, one from film with the" Red Pony" with its spacious reflection of life on a California ranch. The second is the ballet "Rodeo, four dance episodes" which uses a variety of American Folk tunes. Also on the recording are two other pieces that were written for radio. The first is "Prairie journal", and the second is "Letter from home 1944" In both cases Copland explores nostalgia through images of the Prairie Cowboy life and life back home for soldiers at Army Camp.
This is a good programme of composition by Copland and it is excellently performed and recorded. The digital sound by Naxos was created in 2005.
I highly recommend this recording to anyone interested in Aaron Copland or American Classical Music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. R. Boyes TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun 2013
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If you like Copland's populist vernacular style of the 1930's and 40's then you're in for an absolute treat here. Only the Rodeo ballet suite is well known but the other works here are all substantial and fine examples of his style of those years. Prairie Journal was his first exercise in the vernacular style but contains all the rhythmic syncopation, lyricism and open harmonies - it's a fine work. Letter from Home is even better with a subtle and evocative style of story telling.

The suite from The Red Pony is longer than the Rodeo suite but very beguiling a wonderful and gentle film score. This ought to be much better known. Rodeo gets a fine performance with rhythmic drive, and luminous harmonies conjured up by a fine orchestra and with rich sound engineering that play to Copland's strengths. JoAnn Falleta and the Buffalo SO are as good as any in Rodeo and make a compelling case for these other unjustly little known works. This is wonderful from start to finish - a must for any Copland enthusiasts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Trevett on 11 Sep 2012
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For anyone who has not heard of Jo-Ann Falletta I urge you to seek this lady out. There is not one "duff" recording in her repetoire and some, like this stirring Copland, are outstanding. Try the outstanding Corigliano setting of Bob DylanJohn Corigliano Mr Tambourine Man Seven Poems of Bob Dylan for starters! The playing on "Rodeo" alone is worth the price of admission and "Letter from Home" is areminder of the USA during WW2. Like the other reviewers I am blown away with this CD.
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
SPECTACULAR CD ! 16 Nov 2006
By Martin R. Lash - Published on Amazon.com
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If you blinfolded me and played this CD I would tell you the conductor is Leonard Bernstein. The Buffalo Phil under JoAnn Falletta plays with amazing verve and energy. The playing is letter perfect and the recording quality is top rate. For under ten bucks this CD is a steal.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Four Populist Copland Works 3 Dec 2006
By J Scott Morrison - Published on Amazon.com
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Tucked in among the thrice-familiar 'Four Dance Episodes' from 'Rodeo' and music from the film 'The Red Pony' are two Copland rarities which partake of the same open-air style perfected by Copland in the 1930s. They are 'Prairie Journal' and 'Letter from Home' and both were commissioned for radio performances; alas, how far we've come from those days when American radio networks commissioned classical works.

'Prairie Journal' (earlier called, and sometime still listed as 'Music for Radio') was written in 1937 for CBS (along with commissioned works by Roy Harris, Howard Hanson, Louis Gruenberg, Walter Piston and William Grant Still). Initially called simply 'Music for Radio' there was a contest for naming it and the winner was 'Saga of the Prairie.' Copland took this suggestion to heart and renamed it 'Prairie Journal.' It is an eleven-minute evocation of the agrarian west with bustling themes, catchy rhythms, and eventually the serenity of approaching night on the prairie. This is a work worthy of being programmed more than occasionally.

'Letter from Home' was commissioned during wartime 1944 and conjures up the feelings of a soldier, far from home, receiving a letter from the folks (or perhaps the girlfriend). It has a plaintive tune first sung by the clarinet and then harmonized in an almost dreamy style. A melancholy trumpet tune recalls a similar passage in Appalachian Spring. (I wonder if this piece has ever been choreographed? It would be suitable for a solo dance, I should think.)

Of course, the dance episodes from 'Rodeo' are extremely well-known, and their hair-trigger rhythms are given a marvelously alive performance here by the crack Buffalo Philharmonic under Joann Falletta. Almost as well known are the excerpts from one of Copland's film scores, 'The Red Pony.' This has always been a great favorite of mine and I approve of the way Falletta and her orchestra manage the alternation of nostalgia, exciting, and parodic elements of the score. One might quibble some at the occasionally awkward tempo shifts, but generally speaking this is a performance that can stand with the best, including those of Leonard Bernstein.

Sound is excellent. My only complaint is the slightly short timing of the CD -- 59:55 -- and wish there could have been another selection. There would even have been time, for instance, for a performance of the 'Billy the Kid' suite. Ah, well, what we get here is certainly worth the budget outlay.

Scott Morrison
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well Played and Well Recorded 8 July 2009
By Karl W. Nehring - Published on Amazon.com
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Old-timers may remember that the Nonesuch label used to issue bargain-priced LPs that would sometimes feature orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic. Those records were a bargain then; this new CD is a bargain today. Combining some better- and lesser-known works by Copland, all distinctly in his Americana idiom, well played and well recorded, this issue brings us nearly an hour of genuine musical enjoyment.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Superb 10 Sep 2010
By Terence J. Miles - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an extraordinary recording.

It is already been mentioned, in the other reviews, of the need for space in Copland's music. The music must be allowed to breathe, and to display the composer's rich use of harmonic and orchestral color, as well as rhythmic excitement.

This CD allows it in spades. Balance, intonation, and color are all delightfully presented in this recording. Rhythms are tight and focused, but not at the expense of sonic depth. That one can purchase this at such a bargain-basement price removes any reason not to order it immediately.

Ms. Falletta, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Naxos team are to be commended in providing us with such an excellently-produced disc. Do not hesitate; hit that order button!
Wonderful gift! 6 Sep 2013
By Carol Ann Sackett - Published on Amazon.com
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I wanted to bring a meaningful gift to friends in Paris. We live in Buffalo, they love classical music, and the composer is
American. Perfect!
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