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Copland: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Symphony for organ & orchestra; Orchestral Variations (1957); Short Symphony (No. 2); Symphonic Ode / Jonathan Scott, ogan

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Symphony for Organ & Orchestra
>Copland, Aaron : Orchestral Variations, for orchestra (based on Piano Variations)
>Copland, Aaron : Symphony no 2 ("Short Symphony")
>Copland, Aaron : Symphonic Ode
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This release of Aaron Copland's orchestral works follows a highly successful recording of the composer's ballet music led by American music specialist, John Wilson. This program is unique, and Mr. Wilson has chosen works which best highlight Copland's personal, unique, and sometimes unorthodox compositional language. From the twenty Orchestral Variations on an original theme, which was originally written for the piano, to the controversial Symphonic Ode, Copland's fingerprint is all over these works. Also featured is Copland's early work Symphony for Organ and Orchestra, which is much less performed than the other pieces on this release. The organ soloist is Jonathan Scott, who made his concert premiere in 2014 at the Royal Albert Hall.

Classical Ear, October 2016
This darkly ravishing second volume in John Wilson's welcome Copland survey for Chandos delves into the nooks and crannies of his orchestral work to find riches aplenty... the high standard is maintained by the BBC Philharmonic throughout, evidenced in the richly textured and concentrated Orchestral Variations... the single-movement Symphonic Ode (1929, revised in 1955) is a thing of bold, bracing beauty played with spirited brio.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2016
Wilson obtains [a] superbly drilled and articulate response from the BBC Philharmonic... an outstanding release.

MusicWeb International, 18th October 2016
Spiky, hard-edged music for a dynamic American society, driven with vivacity and excitement yet I doubt if it will make many appearances in my CD player.

Sunday Times, 18th September 2016
This disc offers gripping accounts of four works...Every note tells.

The Arts Desk, 26th September 2016
This performance is technically superb, John Wilson's BBC Philharmonic sounding... energised... Wilson's brass are heroic in the closing stages, and the music's lighter moments aren't undersold. But the best work on this disc is the deceptively lightweight Short Symphony... transparently orchestrated, rhythmically fiendish and harmonically approachable, it gets a sharp, witty reading, Copland's Stravinskian metre changes effortlessly handled.

The Guardian, 5th October 2016
Everything about the performances signals a conductor and an orchestra who really believe in the quality of the music they are performing. The BBC Philharmonic seems to relish Copland's springy rhythms, long-limbed melodies and irrepressible invention, while Wilson manages to bring transparency and buoyancy to even the most massive climaxes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MediaCity UK, Salford (01/13/2016); The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (01/13/2016); MediaCity UK, Salford (01/16/2016); The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (01/16/2016); MediaCity UK, Salford (01/17/2016); The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (01/17/2016).



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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Symphony for Organ & Orchestra
  • Performer: Jonathan Scott (Organ)
  • Conductor: John Wilson
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1924.
  • Running Time: 23 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1924

>Copland, Aaron : Orchestral Variations, for orchestra (based on Piano Variations)
  • Conductor: John Wilson
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Copland, Aaron : Symphony no 2 ("Short Symphony")
  • Conductor: John Wilson
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Copland, Aaron : Symphonic Ode
  • Conductor: John Wilson
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1927-1929