Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring Suite, Third Symphony
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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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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.
The Appalachian Spring Suite fared better with more sharply etched sound but still running third to the excitement of Bernstein and the NY Phil (Kunzel and his Cincinnati forces takes second place). Reference Recordings will usually blow the competition away in terms of sound but doesn't often take the prize for performance. I think the issue is Oue as the orchestra plays beautifully as is usually the case. In the big finale in Appalachian Spring both come alive. Otherwise, this is more a relaxed interpretation. You just don't feel the intensity. Lennie was usually just short of over the top, in contrast.
The 3rd Symphony has never been a big favorite of mine. Copland was at his compositional best in the ballet scores. The rest, except the Fanfare, has never been that musically interesting.
A fine recording with superb sound. But it doesn't change the Number 1 status of Bernstein's account, even with the dated sound on Lennie's disc. If you want both superb sound AND more excitement, try Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops's album. It's bass drum and other percussion rivals that of Minnesota, their brass is perfect, and the recording is almost as stellar. As for Oue, it's just a fine recording. No need to run out and buy it.
The Appalachian Spring Suite, and the Third Symphony are equally deserving works. With Fanfare are the representative big three.
The Eiji Oue performance with the Minnesota Orchestra in this 100 year tribute to Copeland is technically very fine, but could be more nuanced and inspiring. But I mean that as a very small criticism - the performance is fine but I'm glad I have this recording to enjoy.
The technical sound quality is excellent as others have noted. For someone who is looking for a good presentation of the Copeland big three I think this performance is a good choice.
Since it fully met my expectations I am giving this 100 year Copeland celebration 5 stars.
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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Thank you for making it possible for me to find the music I wantPublished 23 months ago by Joanne Bergman
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 on April 20, 2014 by Diver
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 morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Bookbam
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 on March 24, 2013 by Dennis P. Leger
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. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Ralph Moore
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 morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Colloredo von Salzburg
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 morePublished on September 28, 2012 by VMB