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A Copland Celebration Vol 2 - Chamber Music & Rarities

Audio Samples

  1. Vitebsk, Study On a Jewish Theme for Piano Trio
  2. Sextet for Clarinet, Piano and String Quartet: I. Allegro Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Sextet for Clarinet, Piano and String Quartet: II. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Sextet for Clarinet, Piano and String Quartet: III. Finale $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Piano Quartet: I. Adagio Serio $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Piano Quartet: II. Allegro Giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Piano Quartet: III. Non Troppo Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Duo for Flute and Piano: I. Flowing $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Duo for Flute and Piano: II. Poetic, Somewhat Mournful $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Duo for Flute and Piano: III. Lively, With Bounce $0.99 on iTunes
  11. A Lincoln Portrait
  12. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: I. Nature, the Gentlest Mother $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: II. There Came a Wind Like a Bugle $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: III. Why Do They Shut Me Out of Heaven? $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: IV. the World Feels Dusty $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: V. Heart, We Will Forget Him $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: VI. Dear March, Come In! $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: VII. Sleep Is Supposed to Be $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: VIII. When They Come Back $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: IX. I Felt a Funeral In My Brain $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: XI. Going to Heaven! $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson: XII. the Chariot $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Old American Songs (Set 1): The Dodger (Campaign Song) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Old American Songs (Set 1): Long Time Ago (Ballad) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Old American Songs (Set 1): Simple Gifts (Shaker Song) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Old American Songs (Set 2): The Little Horses (Lullaby) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Old American Songs (Set 2): The Golden Willow Tree (Anglo-American Ballad) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Old American Songs (Set 2): At the River (Hymn Tune) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Old American Songs (Set 2): Ching-a-ring Chaw (Minstrel Song) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Billy the Kid: I. the Open Prairie $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Billy the Kid: II. Street Scene In a Frontier Town: A) Cowboys Amble By $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Copland, Aaron : Vitebsk, study on a Jewish Theme, for piano trio
>Copland, Aaron : Sextet, for clarinet, piano & string quartet (arr. of Symphony no 2)
>Copland, Aaron : Piano Quartet
>Copland, Aaron : Duo, for flute (or violin) & piano
>Copland, Aaron : Lincoln Portrait
>Copland, Aaron : Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson, song cycle for voice & piano (orchestrated 1970 as "Poems (8) of Emil
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, for voice & piano, Book 2
>Copland, Aaron : Billy the Kid
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer
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Notes & Reviews:

Carl Sandburg only appears on about 14 minutes of this mid-priced two-CD set, but it's a very important 14 minutes in terms of his artistry and career. The poet/singer's four-decade association with Abraham Lincoln culminated on record in 1958 with his recording of Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait" with the New York Philharmonic under the baton of the man who commissioned the work, Andre Kostelanetz. Sandburg's relationship to the piece went back 15 years, though he did not narrate it at its debut, but nobody ever narrated it better on record -- Sandburg quotes the lines drawn from Lincoln's speeches as though they're his, and his utterance of the framing narrative is done with the gentleness of someone who seems to have known the man, and knew the sadness of losing him; when he speaks on Lincoln being a quiet and a melancholy man, he does it as if he were describing a much-mourned friend, with all of the depth that implied in that description. It's an illusion, but a successful one and totally natural, from a non-actor. Sandburg's voice has a natural fragility that is extraordinary in a recording like this, and separates him from the work of Henry Fonda and most other actors who have recorded this piece. The Philharmonic never played the piece with more feeling, and the recording quality is excellent. ~ Bruce Eder



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Works Details

>Copland, Aaron : Vitebsk, study on a Jewish Theme, for piano trio
  • Performer: Aaron Copland (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: 1928.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1928

>Copland, Aaron : Sextet, for clarinet, piano & string quartet (arr. of Symphony no 2)
  • Performers: Aaron Copland (Piano); Harold Wright (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 15 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1937

>Copland, Aaron : Piano Quartet
  • Performer: Aaron Copland (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet
  • Running Time: 20 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1950

>Copland, Aaron : Duo, for flute (or violin) & piano
  • Performers: Aaron Copland (Piano); Elaine Shaffer (Flute)
  • Notes: 12/11/1972/12/14/1972
  • Running Time: 13 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1971

>Copland, Aaron : Lincoln Portrait
  • Conductor: André Kostelanetz
  • Running Time: 13 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Copland, Aaron : Poems (12) of Emily Dickinson, song cycle for voice & piano (orchestrated 1970 as "Poems (8) of Emil
  • Performers: Aaron Copland (Piano); Martha Lipton (Alto)
  • Notes: 12/22/1950/04/04/1952
  • Running Time: 26 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1949-1950

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, Set 1
  • Performers: Aaron Copland (Piano); William Warfield
  • Running Time: 12 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1950

>Copland, Aaron : Old American Songs, for voice & piano, Book 2
  • Performers: Aaron Copland (Piano); William Warfield
  • Running Time: 12 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1952

>Copland, Aaron : Billy the Kid :: The Open Prarie
  • Performer: Oscar Levant (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940

>Copland, Aaron : Billy the Kid :: Street in a Frontier Town
  • Performer: Oscar Levant (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940

>Copland, Aaron : Billy the Kid :: Celebration Dance (After Billy's Capture)
  • Performer: Oscar Levant (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1940