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Copland: Appalachian Spring, complete; Hear Ye! Hear Ye! / Leonard Slatkin, Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Tempo di Tango
>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring, ballet for 13 instruments
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Aaron Copland wrote his rarely-heard ballet Hear Ye! Hear Ye! for Ruth Page, the dancer and choreographer who was to become the Grande Dame of American ballet. Its scenario is a murder in a nightclub and the ensuing trial in a Chicago courtroom. Copland infused the score with the spirit of his jazz-influenced pieces, controversially distorting part of the National Anthem, and infiltrating music from some of his earlier works. In complete contrast, Appalachian Spring is his most famous work, a true American masterpiece founded on transfigured dance tunes and song melodies. This is volume two of the Complete Ballet series. Volume one is on 8559758

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher (05/14/2014-05/18/2014); The Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher (12/04/2013-12/07/2013).



Reviews

"Hear Ye! Hear Ye!
The complete Appalachian Spring Ballet: Coplandís original vision scored for 13 instruments or the orchestral edition of 1954 (a result of Eugene Ormandyís lobbying)? The choice is tough. Each has its unique qualities. Now things are further complicated by this brand new recording of the complete ballet as performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra led by their Music Director, Leonard Slatkin. There are at least 2 other excellent recordings of the orchestral version of the complete score: Slatkin and the St. Louis Symphony (1988) and Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony (1999). This latest version is superb. Its success is predicated on a combination of factors: the insightful, finely calibrated leadership of Maestro Slatkin, the marvelously responsive playing of the DSO and the vivid, detailed sound obtained by the production team, led by Soundmirror, Inc. One suggestion: Naxos should have provided individual tracks listings for this 37í work. Ultimately the choice may come down to the couplings. The earlier Slatkin and Thomas recordings include well known Copland masterpieces. This Naxos release features Coplandís rarely performed second stab at composing for the ballet, Hear Ye! Hear Ye! from 1934. Its quirky plot unfolds in a court room, a common theatrical setting in its day. The writing is sophisticated and mercurial, embodying Coplandís ďurbanĒ style. The composer incorporates popular jazz and dance elements of the era plus some strategically placed surprises. Minus any visual component, interest is maintained via frequent and unanticipated changes in rhythm, texture and emotional tone. No doubt, Bernstein was well acquainted with this piece when some 10 years later he composed one of his earliest successes, Fancy Free. Itís good to have this exuberant, full throated alternative to the smaller scaled Knussen/London Sinfonietta version (1993). A call out to Charles Greenwell and Guy Barast for their excellent booklet notes.
Submitted on 09/23/16 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Tempo di Tango
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Detroit, USA (12/04/2013-12/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1934

>Copland, Aaron : Appalachian Spring, ballet for 13 instruments
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Ensemble: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Orchestra Hall at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, Detroit, USA (05/14/2014-05/18/2014)
  • Running Time: 37 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1943-1944