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Young Pioneers: Complete Music for Solo Piano


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Most of this set was recorded for LP in 1978, but Leo Smit returned to the studios in 1993 to add some recently discovered short pieces. Smit, a friend of Copland and a composer himself, plays all of Copland's piano music with great comprehension. He sustains the flow throughout the difficult half-hour Piano Fantasy, though he doesn't create as much excitement in the Piano Variations as the composer did in 1935 on 78s (now on Pearl GEMM CD 9279). Much of Copland's piano music is occasional works or pieces for students, but the major works in the set make it well worth hearing. --Leslie Gerber

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  1. Scherzo Humoristique: The Cat and the Mouse (1920) 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Piano Variations (1930)11:53Album Only
  3. In Evening Air (1966) 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Passacaglia (1922) 6:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Piano Sonata (1939-41): I. Molto moderato 8:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. II. Vivace 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Piano Sonata (1939-41): III. Andante sostenuto10:00Album Only
  8. 1. Midday Thoughts 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Two Piano Pieces (1982): 2. Proclamation 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Three Moods (1920-1921): 1. embittered 1:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. 2. wistful 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Three Moods (1920-1921): 3. jazzy 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  1. Petite Portrait (1921) 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Sentimental Melody (1926) 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Piano Fantasy (1955-57)31:22Album Only
  4. Four Piano Blues (1926-48): 1. Freely Poetic (for Leo Smit) 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Four Piano Blues (1926-48): 2. Soft and Languid (for Andor Foldes) 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Four Piano Blues (1926-48): 3. Muted and Sensuous (for William Kapell) 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Four Piano Blues (1926-48): 4. With Bounce (for John Kirkpatrick) 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Midsummer Nocturne (1947) 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. The Young Pioneers (1936) 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Sunday Afternoon Music (1936) 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Down A Country Lane (1962) 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. Night Thoughts (Homage to Ives) (1972) 7:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Aaron Copland, Leo Smit (piano)
  • Audio CD (August 23, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AR2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,528 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Carlberg on April 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
These days Copland is mainly known for his pastorales (Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Fanfare, Billy The Kid) but during his lifetime he was equally on the frontier of modernist non-programmatic composing. The Complete Music for Solo Piano reminds us of this forgotten coin, with uncompromising, even harsh-sounding keyboard excursions of Schoenbergian/Webernist ferocity. Leo Smit's interpretation is translucent and illuminative, with enough delicacy to bring out the inner lyricism in these troubled stormclouds.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Allen on November 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Leo Smit has done more than just give us a complete collection of the piano music of Aaron Copland. In doing so, he has also given us a sizeable record of Copland's growth as a composer stretching from the angry tones of the Passacaglia and the Piano Variations, to the majestic and sometimes poetic Piano Fantasy, and beyond. The two CD's also showcase Copland in his many moods, sometimes light hearted and fun as in the Scherzo Humoristique and the second movement of the Piano Sonata, or sometimes nostalgic as in Down a Country Lane or the third movement of the Piano Sonata. This is a must-have for all Copland fans.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr. on February 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It was a pleasure to hear the complete piano music of Copland. Pianist Leo Smit brings pleasure and enlightment to the listeners ear. Who better than an American pianist to interpret the music of Copland.

Ellis L. Marsalis, Jr
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