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listen  1. Introduction: The Open PrairieMorton Gould & His Orchestra 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Billy the Kid: Suite: Street in a Frontier TownMorton Gould & His Orchestra 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Billy the Kid: Suite: Mexican Dance and FinaleMorton Gould & His Orchestra 3:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Billy the Kid: Suite: Prairie Night: Card GameMorton Gould & His Orchestra 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Billy the Kid: Suite: Gun BattleMorton Gould & His Orchestra 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Billy the Kid: Suite: Celebration: After Billy's CaptureMorton Gould & His Orchestra 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Billy the Kid: Suite: Billy's DeathMorton Gould & His Orchestra 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. The Open Prairie (Reprise)Morton Gould & His Orchestra 1:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Rodeo: Suite: Buckaroo HolidayMorton Gould & His Orchestra 7:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Rodeo: Suite: Corral NocturneMorton Gould & His Orchestra 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rodeo: Suite: Honky Tonk InterludeMorton Gould & His Orchestra 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Saturday Night WaltzMorton Gould & His Orchestra 4:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Rodeo: Suite: Hoe-DownMorton Gould & His Orchestra 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. SunriseMorton Gould and His Orchestra;Max Pollikoff 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Grand Canyon Suite: Painted DesertMorton Gould and His Orchestra;Max Pollikoff 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Grand Canyon Suite: On the TrailMorton Gould and His Orchestra;Max Pollikoff 7:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. SunsetMorton Gould and His Orchestra;Max Pollikoff 5:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. CloudburstMorton Gould and His Orchestra;Max Pollikoff 8:33$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Composer: Aaron Copland, Ferde Grofe
  • Audio CD (May 11, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • ASIN: B000003FGZ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sound is demonstration quality.
dongiovanni
This performance by Morton Gould remains for me above any other that I have heard and I have heard many given my love for them.
Rick Burtaine
The final movement, depicting a spectacular thunderstorm, is absolutely awesome.
Robert E. Nylund

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By dongiovanni on April 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I thoroughly agree with all other reviewers (though I wish some would spell Copland's name right!) Morton Gould conducts with great verve and sensitivity. "Rodeo" is terrific and it also includes the seldom heard "Honky-Tonk Interlude" which is a delight in itself.
The Grand Canyon Suite is a highlight with its marvellous orchestration and melodic richness. Although the score is influenced by a number of composers such as Dukas, Ravel, Respighi and even Richard Strauss, it nevertheless feels entirely
original. "On the trail" is beautifully rhythmical,one can really feel the trotting
of the donkeys, and the sound effects are pure joy. Note the
ee-ah-ing of the donkeys, so superbly part of the music. (somewhat reminescent of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream overture.) The Cloudburst is a sonic triumph.
This recording comes from 1957, but digitally remastered. Sound is demonstration quality. Still probably the best available, highly recommended.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Nylund on November 20, 2003
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It may surprise some to discover that American composer/conductor Morton Gould conducted such fine performances of other American composers' music. These RCA Victor "Living Stereo" recordings are vivid, excellent proof that Gould was a really fine conductor and not just of his own music.
The performances of the suites from Copland's ballets "Billy the Kid" and "Rodeo" are among the best ever recorded. They benefit not only from Gould's wonderful sensitivity and appreciation but from excellent playing by the "pickup" orchestra and the still remarkable "Living Stereo" recording process, in which RCA used only three microphones and advanced mastering techniques.
Ferde Grofe's "Grand Canyon Suite" was a "labor of love" as the skilled composer/arranger spent considerable time carefully depicting his impressions of one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. Grofe had been a very successful arranger for Paul Whiteman and is still remembered for the very first orchestration of George Gershwin's "An American in Paris," premiered by Gershwin at the piano with Whiteman conducting in New York's Aeolian Hall in February 1924.
Grofe composed a number of original orchestral works in later years and the "Grand Canyon Suite" is probably his best. It contains memorable melodies and is skillfully orchestrated throughout. It so impressed Arturo Toscanini that he recorded it in 1945 for RCA Victor, under the supervision of the composer. Grofe himself conducted a recording of the suite for Everest Records in 1960. Gould's recording is excellent. The final movement, depicting a spectacular thunderstorm, is absolutely awesome. I think this recording may surpass an earlier favorite, also recorded for RCA Victor, by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston "Pops" Orchestra.
This is all very fun and very exciting American music.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Rick Burtaine on December 25, 1999
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Billy the Kid & Rodeo were both etched in my soul when as a young boy I listened along with my mother. This performance by Morton Gould remains for me above any other that I have heard and I have heard many given my love for them. This is a re-issue of an original 3 microphone/3 track TRUE stero recording made by RCA in their 'Living Stero' series and originally recorded in 1957. A must have for Copeland listeners. It is a bonus that it also contains 'Grand Canyon Suite.'
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Miles Hoffmann on February 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've heard Copland conducting these two works on recordings and I've heard the famous NYPO/Bernstein's 1960 recording of these two works on Columbia Records, yet Gould and his Orchestra fills in the blank spaces that was left out in previous and recent recordings.
He takes his troup to NYC to Manhatten Center, in Oct of 1957, and have the legendary RCA producer, John Pfeiffer and Lewis Layton, produce and engineer this recording session to be encaptured on 3-track tape (where the "Billy the Kid" was released on RCA "New Orthophonic tape recording" - the BCS-130), then to eventual vinyl (LM/LSC-2195). Gould, being somewhat of an arrangement conductor in the 50's, manage to pull the stops out in how these two Copland pieces are to be presented-to where the listener can feel that they themselves are back in the Wild, Wild West of the 1880's. He doesn't rush through these two pieces like some other conductors do. Gould takes his time trying to tell the story within the music. He uses emphasis, emotion, tempo and dynamics where it should be per each chapter in a story. Excellent listening for all!
This BMG "Living Stereo" release of the LSC-2195 Copland/Gould is a faithful reproduction as it can be of the original vinyl release.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Neil Cotiaux on January 4, 2007
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Close your eyes and be transported to the Canyon. In this remastering of a 1960 recording, Morton Gould shows his chops as a superlative conductor and interpreter of this Grofe classic. The work itself is wonderful, but Gould and his orchestra provide nuances that absolutely delight. Of the five movements of "Grand Canyon Suite", the final, "Cloudburst", ceases becoming music and is elevated to pure sensory experience. It is no longer notes on a page finely executed; it IS the sky, the wind, the sheets of rain (a sheer, shimmering slide of sound), the thunder, and it is perfect. The four prior movements are nearly as excellent, with the second, "Painted Desert", casting an eerie shadow over the listener's mind with spellbinding brush strokes. This is a performance delivered with painstaking care.

Gould's treatment of Copland's works, recorded three years earlier, were of great personal interest, as one of my earliest exposures to "serious" music was the great Bernstein recording of "Rodeo", and "Buckaroo Holiday" in particular. Surprisingly, Gould and company give the NYPO a run for its money. They are just as energized, brash and even raw (hear the horns, and it's fitting) as New York; ditto the "Gun Battle" episode of "Billy". Gould threw himself into Copland's scores and whipped his musicians into a frenzy when called for, and the results place Gould's readings of these two pieces of Americana right behind Bernstein.

This CD - beautifully remastered - is a bargain.
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