I have been watching Michael Tilson Thomas` semi- educational programme on Sky, these are followed by a performance of the work discussed. Recently he devoted time to Copland and I am glad he did because he opened up a whole new world in my understanding of Coplands music. This disc is an excellent introduction to Coplands music and is brilliantly performed by the San Francisco band and the erudite (as always) Michael Tilson Thomas. Rodeo is pure Americana and you will surely know the Shaker hymn that is included in Appalachian Spring. The only thing missing from the recording is my personal favourite El Salon Mexico - but that is pure greed on my part. All in all this recording is excellent value in every way. Buy and enjoy!
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