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Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring Suite, Third Symphony

Aaron Copland , Eiji Oue , Minnesota Orchestra Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eiji Oue
  • Composer: Aaron Copland
  • Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reference Recordings
  • ASIN: B00004UDEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This release--part of a wave that will soon grow tidal in honor of the 100th anniversary of Aaron Copland in 2000--doesn't exactly rewrite the map on America's beloved composer. It collects three of his most familiar works created during (and, in varying degrees, reacting to) his country's experience of World War II: the version of "Appalachian Spring" for orchestral suite, the "Fanfare for the Common Man," and the Third Symphony (which incorporates the fanfare in its final movement and, as Copland himself wrote, reflects the "euphoric spirit of the country" following the war's conclusion). But the charismatic Eiji Oue proves to have a convincing and sensitive connection to these works.

A protégé of Leonard Bernstein, Oue was bequeathed the baton used by Bernstein in his final concert--the musical equivalent of a laying on of hands--and he opts to bring out a similar kind of multilayered American Romanticism, mixing transcendentalist vision with sinewy, driving vitality. The range of color and deep focus Oue elicits from the Minnesota Orchestra give yet another example of how the old "tier" hierarchy of American orchestras is eroding; there are excellent, tender wind solos, nicely balanced bodies of strings, and pulse-raising brass, especially in the Third. Oue finds a way to make the transitions between tempos and sections breathe effectively (above all when the music shifts to a faster gear), and his fine ear does justice to the vertical density of Copland's sound--as does the justly acclaimed Reference Recording range of clarity. While Oue doesn't really break any new interpretive ground (his Third feels too close in overall concept to Bernstein's own canonical recording--down to following the cut of several measures of triumphant D major on the score's final page), the glory of that ear-delighting dynamic range and subtlety is a definite advantage for audiophiles. --Thomas May

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best recording of the 3rd? December 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I would probably have to say so. My old fave used to be Bernstein's '86 version, but the ensemble overall is more together in this recording than Lenny's. Besides, Minnesota's strings sound better than virtually any other American orchestra today--particularly the basses (although I may be a bit biased--I study with one of them). Since I've seen them perform the 3rd twice, I can honestly say you would have to strain to hear a difference between listening to the CD and sitting in Orchestra Hall. In addition, despite it probably being a commercially-driven move, having Copland's 3 most well-known works all in one spot isn't too bad. Own this recording!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Incredible!! August 15, 2001
By John
Format:Audio CD
I had the extreme pleasure of being under the conduction of Eiji Oue a few years ago for several concerts and rehearsals throughout the country. He is an inspiring individual both in his musical abilities and personal character and his ability to hear the smallest details of the music was amazing. He is by far the most extraordinary conductor I have ever worked with and no music collection is complete until it contains some of his works. I just can't say enough good things about him.

His interpretations of these Copland works is equally impressive as he brings out the little nuances of the music and accentuates the high points. His recordings are not to be missed and this one is no exception. The Third Symphony is first-rate in every way. This cd will become a treasured part of your collection for years to come and the HDCD format makes the performances that much more lifelike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The true sound of Copland July 10, 2001
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From the beginning, this CD has been recorded with superb quality for its reproduction. (It is 24 Bit HDCD)
The interpretations, performed in this case by Mr. Oue conducting the Minnesota Orchestra, are far more than outstanding!
It seems that sometimes a group of people (in this case conductor and orchestra) get tuned, all at the same time, in a unique mood to perform a work in the best way possible, and this is exactly what you get from this CD.
It would seem that the works were composed and awaited for this particular interpretation and I really think that anyone who tries to find out another that surpasses this one, then will have a very tough job to do.
Getting things simplier, get this one and you will enjoy it forever. The sound, besides being HDCD, has no less of the standard quality of any from Reference Recordings.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MN is Copland land! November 9, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
How could a recording of Copland music done by the Minnesota Orchestra be any better? Get Eiji Oue to direct the orchestra, that's how. Copland doesn't get any better than this... except maybe live on Minnesota Public Radio! Breath in the breath of American music at it's best... did I mention that the Minnesota Orchestra is the best of the best? Did I need to... Happy Birthday to us all!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to your hat!! January 7, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This recording is phenomenal! It starts with Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man." It can only be described as earth-shaking. The bass drum hits will knock you off your chair. It ends with Copland's "Third Symphony," which is a triumph. The Minnesota Orchestra played wonderfully and the recording by Reference Recordings/Keith O. Johnson is beyond compare.
If you love Copland, this CD is for you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Musicianship and Recorded Craftsmanship January 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
What I can add to the other outstanding reviews here is this: I listened to this CD on a Denon DCM-380 HDCD player which yielded a full 20 bit sound and a Sansui AU-D9 super low distortion Integrated Amplifier. The sound was magnificent. In particular I noticed a shimmer and detail to the strings that one never hears when listening to a regular 16-bit CD. The sound is so natural that it is as close to being in the concert hall as I have ever experienced. The performance by Que and the Minnesota is phenomenally exciting yet nuanced with details of dynamics not heard elsewhere. One walks away from this performance inspired and with goose bumps all over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Copland in Big Band sound, idiomatically played February 27, 2013
Format:Audio CD
I have already devoured and eulogised Eiji Oue's other recordings with the Minnesota Orchestra in spectacular 24 bit sound and this one is another hit. Oue has conducted at Bayreuth but why he has not yet been appointed to head a major world orchestra mystifies me, as he is clearly a major talent, full of energy and with an acute ear for orchestral detail.

This compilation offers 72 minutes of the best of Copland's music and it's like a tour of the Grand Canyon with its sense of Wide Open Spaces, the insistent, ostinato rhythms and the boundless, yee-haw optimism of its leaping melodic intervals. Yet Oue also captures sensitively the moments of melancholy, mystery and reflection. It's a great game for the listener to recognise and tick off the seminal American folk tunes incorporated into "Appalachian Spring" and the orchestra play this music with huge dedication and affection, as if they, too, love it and what it represents to patriotic Americans.

The more unusual item here is the Third Symphony, more obviously "modern" than the popular preceding works and sometimes reminiscent of Strauss when its massive sonorities are played so lusciously. The sheer drive of this performance makes the best possible case for music which sometimes veers into near-caricature of Copland's predominant style but is also often - strangely, given Copland's very American sound - redolent of Vaughan Williams and Elgar as well as Strauss. Perhaps this is hardly surprising given their mutual admiration of the latter two composers and the fact that works by Elgar such as his "Alassio - in the South" can frequently sound like a Strauss tone poem. This recording of Copland's Third has claims to being the best account of this symphony out there; it is certainly in the best sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Joanne Bergman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Recording
Fantastic recording. I love listening to this all the time. Simple as that. I cannot say this is better/worse than other recordings, as I have nothing to compare with in my... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this Copeland BEST OF
For me Copeland is a musical genius. and his "Fanfare for the Conmon Man" is his stand-out signature piece. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephanie Sullivan
3.0 out of 5 stars Audiophile sound, lethargic performance
Like most RR recordings, the sound was very much audiophile quality. The performance on the other hand was nothing special. I found it lethargic. Try Davies with St. Luke.
Published 6 months ago by Diver
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sound. Just wish the performance was more exciting.
This HDCD begins with Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man. It's very good. You will never hear the bass drum recorded any better. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joseph Kline PhD, MD
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Copland CD
I couldn't be happier with this CD. The quality of the CD is very good and the orchestration is the best I've heard of Appalachian Suite and Fanfare for the Common Man. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bookbam
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic?
I wish everyone could hear this work full volume. But I'm afraid younger folks will never listen and will never appreciate Copland's 3rd Symphony. Too bad.
Published 19 months ago by Dennis P. Leger
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful.
My first Copland's listenings were from two great LP's featuring Leonard Bernstein and the NYPO playing El Salon Mexico, Rodeo, and Billy the Kid. Read more
Published on October 11, 2012 by Colloredo von Salzburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Copland, Farfare for the Common Man
I felt the music of truly "America" when listening to this suite. Copland captures the spirit of the heartland and the comman man in a most soothing way. Read more
Published on September 28, 2012 by VMB
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak High End
Maybe it's just me since the other reviewers rate it so highly. I find the high end weak. The horns and cymbals just don't shimmer with life like I've heard on other recordings. Read more
Published on June 15, 2010 by Richard K. Seastrand
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