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Bernstein Century - Copland: Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, etc / Bernstein, New York PO


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listen  1. Appalachian Spring: Very SlowlyLeonard Bernstein 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Appalachian Spring: AllegroNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Appalachian Spring: ModeratoNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Appalachian Spring: FastNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Appalachian Spring: Subito allegroNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Appalachian Spring: As at first (slowly)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Appalachian Spring: Doppio movimentoLeonard Bernstein;New York Philharmonic 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Appalachian Spring: Moderato - CodaNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rodeo: Buckaroo Holiday. Allegro con spiritoNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 6:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rodeo: Corral Nocturne. ModeratoLeonard Bernstein 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Saturday Night Waltz. Introduction - Slow WaltzNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Rodeo: Hoe-DownLeonard Bernstein 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Billy the Kid (Orchestral Suite): Introduction. The open PrairieNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Billy the Kid (Orchestral Suite): Street in a Frontier TownNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Billy the Kid (Orchestral Suite): Mexican Dance and FinaleNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Prairie Night (Card game at night)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Billy the Kid (Orchestral Suite): Gun BattleNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Billy the Kid (Orchestral Suite): Celebration (after Billy's capture)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Billy the Kid (Orchestral Suite): Billy's DeathNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Billy the Kid (Orchestral Suite): The open Prairie againNew York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Fanfare for the Common Man (Version of Symphony No. 3, Fourth Movement)New York Philharmonic;Leonard Bernstein 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
  • Composer: Aaron Copland
  • Audio CD (October 28, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000029XG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Happy is the composer who has an advocate as passionate and talented as Leonard Bernstein. These Copland performances have been the preferred versions since they were first issued--better even than the composer's own, later recordings. Originally they were spread over two discs, but thanks to the extended playing time of the compact disc, you can now get all three great Copland ballets together, along with the ever popular Fanfare for the Common Man. Bernstein brings to this music the right sharpness of rhythm but also a typically open-hearted warmth. He coaxes a virtuoso response from the New York Philharmonic, which knows this music as well (or better) than anyone. Self- recommending. --David Hurwitz

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Bernstein is an excellent interpreter of Copland's music.
Austin Punch
While very familiar with Appalachian Spring, Rodeo and Billy the Kid, new to me was Fanfare for the Common Man, which I now enjoy very much.
rodboomboom
I highly recommend this CD to people who want to learn to appreciate classical music or introduce their kids to it.
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147 of 148 people found the following review helpful By A. Tohline on August 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Pardon my shouting, but it's true. All the accolades this disc receives are warranted, and more. The playing on Appalachian Spring is pure, impassioned, eternal. No wonder Copland won the Pulitzer for it in 1945. It's just incredible. This recording of the Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo is DEFINITIVE. Every nuance and outburst of joyous energy in Buckaroo Holiday and Hoe Down is perfect. No one has done it better. And while Billy the Kid is "harder to mess up" in my opinion, I still haven't found a better reading of it than this one.
Just a couple of caveats, though. If you want the COMPLETE ballets for Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, and Billy the Kid, you will NOT find them here. These are the suites. For the complete Appalachian Spring (all 36 minutes in one track), I recommend Michael Tilson Thomas' version on a CD with the San Francisco Symphony called The Populist. And for complete versions of the other two, you need look no further than Leonard Slatkin's recordings with the St. Louis Symphony.
And then three more notes on the playing. The timpani player did an incredible job on this Bernstein Century recording; he consistently played the heck out the ample parts he got in all four pieces. This is one of the best features of the disc (I mean, you've gotta have good timpani for the Gun Battle in Billy the Kid, and here he does!)
Secondly, take particular note that the version of Fanfare for the Common Man is NOT the original. It is Copland's rescoring for his third symphony (which is also great in its own right). If you want the real original version, the best you can find features Copland himself conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, released on various other CDs on the Sony label, including a 36-minute "EP" called Aaron Copland Super Hits.
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There are many recordings I have heard of these classic Copland works, conducted by such luminaries as Zubin Mehta, Donald Johanos, Morton Gould, even Eugene Ormandy. But none of these conductors knew the music of Aaron Copland better than his friend of 53 years, Leonard Bernstein, who Copland many times said conducted his music as if he had written it himself. No disc displays the tenderness and vivacity of Copland's Americana better than Bernstein and the Philharmonic's sensational performances of "Appalachian Spring," "Rodeo," and "Billy the Kid." These are works I know by heart, but it takes some doing for specific performances to make me emotional, and the fading last strains of "Appalachian" did it on my first listening test. The sound quality is top-notch, even for these recordings from 1959-1961. Look no further than Bernstein - who knew Copland better than anyone else - to deliver the finest recordings of these works ever. This is America at its most beautiful and exuberant. Do yourself a favor and start your collection of American music here.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Justin Weaver on April 19, 2000
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I've owned this CD since before its rerelease as part of the "Bernstein Century" series and have always treasured it. There are who-knows-how-many Copland recordings out there and I can honestly say this is the best I've yet heard. Although my musical taste hasn't always gravitated toward this sort of music, there's an unmistakable sincerity in Copland that speaks to me as an American and a lover of both folk and art music... is there any moment in all classical music history quite like the inception of "The Gift to Be Simple" in Appalachian Spring? Copland is never sappy, and can be quite muscular and rhythmically charged as much as lyrical and folksy. And Bernstein, a composer in this American tradition himself (arguably in some repertoire a true disciple of Copland), is the right conductor for these pieces. I'm still amazed at what a strong and yet immmediately comprehensible piece "Billy the Kid" is, equal to Appalachian Spring... Rodeo is also a delight. If you don't already have this one, I'd pick it up for this very reasonable discounted price and check out some of the late piano repertoire of Copland while you're at it too. It's easy to see here why Copland is one of American Classical's enduring names in composition and Bernstein in conducting! Enjoy!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 1999
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This is an essential cd for classical music lovers. Even by Copland's own admission, nobody conducted his music better than Bernstein, and this recording is a prime example. If you're looking for versions of these works, don't hesitate.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David Walker on November 5, 2000
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At their best no more "American Music" than Mozart or Dvorak are "European Music", Copland's mid-century masterpieces find their lushest expression in Bernstein's recording.
Fanfare for the Common Man is today such a TV-sports section cliche that you have to listen carefully to appreciate it; Bernstein and his orchestra, playing in 1966, just let it rip. "Billy the Kid" and "Rodeo" both benefit from extraordinarily clear and precise renderings. Bernstein pushes too fast through the latter's "Hoe-Down", but the "Corral Nocturne" is a langurous delight.
But the real treasure of this album is, of course, Appalachian Spring. When at age sixteen I first heard the opening three minutes of the piece, I determined to hunt it down. When I heard the first two movements together, I cried. Nothing describes the United States' desire for innocence and its ambition for good as perfectly as the 27 minutes of Copland's Pulitzer Prize-winning score. And no-one has matched the playing of the New York Philharmonic that day in Manhattan in 1961.
These works have long been consigned to a sort of ghetto for "frontier pieces". They're far more than that.
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