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Aaron Copland - Billy the Kid/Rodeo (complete scores).,
This review is from: Billy the Kid / Rodeo (Audio CD)
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...