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Copland: Dance Symphony / Symphony No. 1 / Short Symphony

Aaron Copland , Marin Alsop , Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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listen  1. Symphony No. 1: I. Prelude: AndanteMarin Alsop 6:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Symphony No. 1: II. Scherzo: Molto allegroMarin Alsop 8:02$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Symphony No. 1: III. Finale: LentoMarin Alsop10:34$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Short Symphony, "Symphony No. 2": I. quarter note = 144Marin Alsop 4:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Short Symphony, "Symphony No. 2": II. half note = 44Marin Alsop 5:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Short Symphony, "Symphony No. 2": III. quarter note = 144Marin Alsop 6:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Dance Symphony: I. Dance of the Adolescent: Lento - Molto allegroMarin Alsop 6:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Dance Symphony: II. Dance of the Girl Who Moves as if in a Dream: Andante moderatoMarin Alsop 5:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Dance Symphony: III. Dance of Mockery: Allegro vivoMarin Alsop 5:16$0.89  Buy MP3 

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  • Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Marin Alsop
  • Composer: Aaron Copland
  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,207 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This second Naxos disc of Copland Symphonies opens with Symphony No. 1, an arrangement of the 1924 Symphony for Organ and Orchestra. Copland was especially fond of his Short Symphony on account of its complex, irregular rhythms and clear textures. The s


An altogether convincing and worthy disc of the OTHER Copland symphonies -- the ones that are not his large-scale masterpiece, the Symphony No. 3, certainly one of the greatest symphonies ever written by an American. There are Spartan modern music partisans who will, in fact, insist that Copland's first symphony from his 1924 Symphony for Organ and Orchestra is the great Copland Symphony. Or choose his Short Symphony from 1933. While it's true that Copland's musical personality was fully formed by the late '20s, the later populist masterworks -- and the wartime seriousness of the Third Symphony -- take his work to another level entirely. Alsop and the Bournemouth Orchestra's performances here on this budget-priced Naxos disc are predictably first rate, if not exactly inspired. -- The Buffalo News, Jeff Simon, December 21, 2008

Musical America Conductor of the Year, 2008 -- Musical America, December 2008

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars look elsewhere (please) February 18, 2010
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Slack, unidiomatic performances -- if you love Copland's music, as I do, it is painful to hear performances like these and to see them praised and bought instead of worthy ones. Slatkin Aaron Copland: Organ Symphony/Dance Symphony/Short Symphony/Orchestral Variations does all three plus the Orchestral Variations; Batiz does the Dance Symphony on a bargain collection of fine performances Copland: Appalachian Spring; Billy the Kid; Rodeo; Organ Symphony (No.1 is a later arrangement of this for practical reasons): Litton A Copland Profile, Bernstein Copland: Symphony No. 3 - Symphony for Organ & Orchestra or The Copland Collection: Early Orchestral Works, 1922-1935 (the Copland-conducted performances of the other two pieces aren't first choice but easily above Alsop's); Symphony No.2 ('Short'): Tilson-Thomas Aaron Copland: The Essence of America [Box Set] or Copland the Modernist. Many of these are as much or more of a 'bargain' than the Naxos offering here. Even if you disagree with my assessment of this recording, these alternatives are worth considering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So that's why it's Symph #3... May 9, 2009
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Yes - as alluded to by another reviewer, I always wondered, since I first heard #3 over 50 years ago, if there was a 1 and 2. Now I know, and I have heard them for the first time. Maybe I haven't been paying attention since 90% of my music listening has been chamber music from all eras. I was pleasantly suprised to stumble across this CD, and glad I did. There are pieces and parts of other Copland music, so these were precedents, and quite interesting to see how they fit into the composers history.

Maybe it's me, but I never heard of the conductor or the orchestra. But I have to say that the music presented very well - probably as good as a well known conductor and orchestra. By the way the recording was excellant audio-wise. It really exersized my dolby surround sound receiver even though not an SACD recording.

I highly recommend if you are a Copland fan - and even if you're not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary symphony not well known January 27, 2009
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The Dance Symphony by Aaaron Copland exhibits a mature composer, a master of alternate compasses or rythms (specially the third movement). The orchestra has a monumental balance and the melodies are Copland himself at his best. It's possible to see here the ground material (technics, use of woodwinds, metals, constrasts and texture) that is later to be found in -this a very precise example- Fancy Free by Leonard Bernstein. In certain way, both composers evolve through paralell paths... This is a specially good recording.

Javier Ruiz de la Presa, México
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine rendition of Copland"s lesser known symphonies. November 16, 2009
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Symphony No. 1 is an arrangement of Copland's earlier and more popular Symphony for Organ and Orchestra. In fact, if you are familiar with that earlier work, as I am, you will say to yourself, upon hearing Symphony No. 1 for the first time, "Where's the organ?". Copland substituted woodwind and brass instruments, for the organ, in this later work. The Symphony is in 3 movements, slow-fast-slow. The melodies are easy to listen to, especially in the lively 2nd movement. This Symphony is well orchestrated, with less percussion, than is found in Copland's more popular pieces of music. After listening to this Symphony a few times, you will forget about the organ, and realize that this Symphony stands on its own. The Second or Short Symphony is also in 3 movements, fast-slow-fast. It is also well orchestrated, and there is much interplay of themes throughout the Symphony. The Dance Symphony is an arrangement of an earlier ballet by Copland, based on the subject of vampires. It too is well orchestrated, and is also in 3 movements. There is more use of percussion instruments in this Symphony, than in the other 2, and it sounds similar to other ballets of Copland. I highly recommend this recording to those who like Copland's music. It is hard to find recordings of these earlier and less known symphonies by him, so get it while you can.
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4.0 out of 5 stars more Copland January 6, 2009
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I have listened to Copland's Third Symphony for years. This album answered the question of what came before. A worthwhile investment of time and money.
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