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The performances on this disc are majestic. The Fanfare is rock-solidly powerful. Kunzel does not rush through it. He takes his time; and the power of the piece shines through.
Rodeo, which is probably most familiar to non-classical music fans for its use in the "beef--its what's for dinner" television ads, is a masterpiece. Again, Kunzel spends a little more time here than other interpreters, but it is well worth it.
Quiet City is probably the least well known piece on the disc. However, it is one of the most beautiful pieces Copland ever wrote. Philip Collins plays the trumpet part to the piece exceptionally. This piece alone makes the disc worth recommending.
Billy the Kid is my least favorite piece on the disc. The Cincinnati Pops play it well enough here. I just don't care for the piece as much as the others.
The Crown Jewel of the disc is Appalachian Spring. There are few pieces of music which truly take up residence in a listener's heart. Appalachian Spring has done just that with me. My favorite version of it is Slatkin's. This one, though not matching Slatkin's in my mind, is still very worthwhile.
Get this recording. You will be hard pressed not to enjoy it.
This album brings together some of Copland's most well known pieces like "Fanfare for the Common Man," along with his three great ballets: "Billy the Kid," "Appalachian Spring" and "Rodeo." [The "Rodeo" extract "Hoe-Down" will be immediately recognized as the American Beef Council's theme music.]
Copland reamins the defining sound of American concert music and this recording is both accessible and very enjoyable. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Solid, energetic, musically sensitive performances by the Cincinnati Pops. The recording is well-balanced and vibrant. This is not just a pops CD. Classical music snobs (like me) will find it very satisfying.
Incidentally, I really like the cover art.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a big fan of Copland and am very happy with this CD collection.Published 29 days ago by Cindy Cameron
I listen to this daily. Telarc has a great sound. Appalachian Spring and Fanfare to a Common Man are terrific.Published 14 months ago by Whetstone Guy
I bought this for my wife and she loves it. I burned an extra copy and have it my car too.Published 18 months ago by Scott Myhre
'Fanfare for the Common Man' is a classic, it is as least as profound as the Grand March from 'Aida'.Published 19 months ago by A Grey Haired Hacker
especially like the Appalachian Spring. wonderful driving musicPublished on August 7, 2014 by Earl Porter