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listen  1. Music for Radio: Saga of the Prairie, "Prairie Journal": Prairie Journal10:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rodeo: 4 Dance Episodes: No. 1. Buckeroo Holiday 7:19$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Rodeo: 4 Dance Episodes: No. 2. Corral Nocturne 3:42$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Rodeo: 4 Dance Episodes: No. 3. Saturday Night Waltz 4:24$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Rodeo: 4 Dance Episodes: No. 4. Hoe-Down 3:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Letter from Home 6:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Red Pony Suite: I. Morning on the Ranch 4:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. The Red Pony Suite: IIIa. Dream March 2:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Red Pony Suite: IIIb Circus March 1:48$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. The Red Pony Suite: IV. Walk to the Bunkhouse 2:57$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. The Red Pony Suite: V. Grandfather's Story 4:15$0.89  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: JoAnn Falletta
  • Composer: Aaron Copland
  • Audio CD (October 31, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American Classics
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This Copland collection is devoted specifically to works inspired by the spacious landscape of the American prairie. The Suite for the 1948 film of John Steinbeck's novel The Red Pony, depicts life on a ranch in California. The composer described the musi

This handsomely recorded CD - the clarity of Copland's "American" scoring has rarely been so well captured - pairs two well-known pieces, "The Red Pony" and "Rodeo," with two less familiar, "Prairie Journal" and "Letter From Home." The 1937 "Prairie Journal" is alternately lively and thoughtful, and all of it, as usual, has that wide-open-spaces sound to it. The slides on the trombones and "clop-clop" of Copland's percussion are wonderfully clear (though integrated) in the accounts of "Buckaroo Holiday" from Rodeo, and the other three dances from that work contain quotes from old American tunes that evoke the American West in Copland's own, special, expansive yet shiny and bright way. The "Hoe Down" is a rollicking reading. "Letter from Home" is meant to evoke just that: the feeling a soldier might get reading a letter from home. It could be called corny, but its brevity (six minutes), faraway-feeling trumpet part and mid-piece victorious fanfare won't allow for any triteness. And the film score "The Red Pony" is remarkable not only for its scoring and textures but for the fact that while it does not contain quotes from any real folk songs, Copland manages to write tunes that seem to be coming from America's collective memory. JoAnn Falletta leads the excellent Buffalo Philharmonic in performances that actually might be danced to. She affords the music the stature it deserves--this CD is a delight. --Robert Levine

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Martin R. Lash on November 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you blinfolded me and played this CD I would tell you the conductor is Leonard Bernstein. The Buffalo Phil under JoAnn Falletta plays with amazing verve and energy. The playing is letter perfect and the recording quality is top rate. For under ten bucks this CD is a steal.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Tucked in among the thrice-familiar 'Four Dance Episodes' from 'Rodeo' and music from the film 'The Red Pony' are two Copland rarities which partake of the same open-air style perfected by Copland in the 1930s. They are 'Prairie Journal' and 'Letter from Home' and both were commissioned for radio performances; alas, how far we've come from those days when American radio networks commissioned classical works.

'Prairie Journal' (earlier called, and sometime still listed as 'Music for Radio') was written in 1937 for CBS (along with commissioned works by Roy Harris, Howard Hanson, Louis Gruenberg, Walter Piston and William Grant Still). Initially called simply 'Music for Radio' there was a contest for naming it and the winner was 'Saga of the Prairie.' Copland took this suggestion to heart and renamed it 'Prairie Journal.' It is an eleven-minute evocation of the agrarian west with bustling themes, catchy rhythms, and eventually the serenity of approaching night on the prairie. This is a work worthy of being programmed more than occasionally.

'Letter from Home' was commissioned during wartime 1944 and conjures up the feelings of a soldier, far from home, receiving a letter from the folks (or perhaps the girlfriend). It has a plaintive tune first sung by the clarinet and then harmonized in an almost dreamy style. A melancholy trumpet tune recalls a similar passage in Appalachian Spring. (I wonder if this piece has ever been choreographed? It would be suitable for a solo dance, I should think.)

Of course, the dance episodes from 'Rodeo' are extremely well-known, and their hair-trigger rhythms are given a marvelously alive performance here by the crack Buffalo Philharmonic under Joann Falletta.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karl W. Nehring on July 8, 2009
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Old-timers may remember that the Nonesuch label used to issue bargain-priced LPs that would sometimes feature orchestras such as the Buffalo Philharmonic. Those records were a bargain then; this new CD is a bargain today. Combining some better- and lesser-known works by Copland, all distinctly in his Americana idiom, well played and well recorded, this issue brings us nearly an hour of genuine musical enjoyment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Terence J. Miles on September 10, 2010
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This is an extraordinary recording.

It is already been mentioned, in the other reviews, of the need for space in Copland's music. The music must be allowed to breathe, and to display the composer's rich use of harmonic and orchestral color, as well as rhythmic excitement.

This CD allows it in spades. Balance, intonation, and color are all delightfully presented in this recording. Rhythms are tight and focused, but not at the expense of sonic depth. That one can purchase this at such a bargain-basement price removes any reason not to order it immediately.

Ms. Falletta, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Naxos team are to be commended in providing us with such an excellently-produced disc. Do not hesitate; hit that order button!
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