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Ultimate Copland Album

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Aren't you excited for Y2K? After all, it is the centennial of Aaron Copland's birth (isn't that what all those parties are for?). As orchestras around the U.S. get set to honor this great American composer, you can hold your own concert at home; this CD contains Fanfare for the Common Man; Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo; Ballet Suite from Appalachian Spring ; music from Billy the Kid , and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Fanfare For The Common Man
  2. From Four Dance Episodes From 'Rodeo': Saturday Night Waltz
  3. From Four Dance Episodes From 'Rodeo': Hoe-Down
  4. From Old American Songs: Simple Gifts
  5. Appalachian Spring: Variations On A Shaker Hymn
  6. From Music For Movies: Grovers Corners (From Our Town)
  7. From Billy The Kid: Introduction - The Open Prairie
  8. From Billy The Kid: Street In A Frontier Town
  9. From Billy The Kid: Mexican Dance
  10. From Billy The Kid: Gun Battle
  11. From Billy The Kid: Celebration (After Billy's Capture)
  12. From Billy The Kid: The Open Prairie Again
  13. From Billy The Kid: El Salon Mexico
  14. Appalachian Spring: Very Slowly
  15. Appalachian Spring: Allegro
  16. Appalachian Spring: Moderato: The Bride And Her Intended
  17. Appalachian Spring: Fast: The Revivalist And His Flock
  18. Appalachian Spring: Allegro: Solo Dance Of The Bride
  19. Appalachian Spring: Meno Mosso
  20. Appalachian Spring: Doppio Movimento: Variations On A Shaker Hymn
  21. Appalachian Spring: Moderato: Coda


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 9, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00002S5EW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 25, 2004
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Here's a great introduction to the popular music of Aaron Copland. When "Fanfare for the Common Man" begins, sparks of recognition will fly for most listeners. This song has been everywhere: presidential inaugurations, the olympics, commercials, movies, etc. Some flatten it as hopelessly clichéd, while others find it moving and inspiring. Copland also reprised it in the finale of his Third Symphony. Arguably Copland's most famous piece, "Appalachian Spring" closes the CD. In between, more great Copland: excerpts from 'Rodeo' (apparently the beef lobby has appropriated "Hoe-Down" as one of their themes); a great vocal rendition of "Simple Gifts" and a large chunk of another of Copland's best known works: "Billy the Kid". The only confusing piece is the "Variations on a Shaker Hymn" from Appalachian Spring when the entire Appalachian Spring is already included. Seems slightly redundant.

Though most of the pieces on this CD were written in the 1930s and 1940s, they tend to evoke the old west. With titles such as "Rodeo" and "Billy the Kid" this shouldn't surprise too many people.

Copland went on to compose more dissonant and twelve tone compositions later on in his career. These obviously weren't as popular with the public in general as the pieces on this CD. Nonetheless, if this disc whets the appetite, a foray into Copland's less popular works will yield much. It will help to expose the totality of Copland's output. This disc only represents a small portion of his work. Regardless, this disc is a great starting point for getting to know one of the United States' best known composers of the twentieth century.
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CD will remind you of many westerns you may have seen as he's done several of the sound tracks. The only complaint is that this CD doesn't seem to have the quality of others has the base is lacking and seems to need to be played louder. Actually, I bought this to replace another Copeland and found it to be disappointing as to the sound quality.
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I like all types of music, I wanted this album because I liked the song "RODEO" that is used on the beef commercials. This CD has made me into a Copland fan. It has many great songs. If you want a CD that says "I am an American." This is it. I am sending copies to a friend in Bombay and Tel Aviv. This is who I am put to music.
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I picked up this CD yesterday at the Goodwill for $1.99 and I can't praise the sound quality enough. I like Copland and I like Dorati; this CD shows off your system like few others. We had a smoothie a beautiful sunrise and this CD (on a 45 year old 2.1 channel system [S-99s, X707ES, Power Line 4 and a Klipsch 12" sub] and we were blown away). Another reviewer related to a lack of bass, our experience was room shaking at medium volume. This CD is out of print but if you are lucky enough to find it I recommend that you buy it and give it a try.
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By OneAkela on December 23, 2011
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Loved the composer's work and the CD quality is excellent. The cover art could be better. It is not very eye catching.
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I love Copland so I was predisposed to loving this CD, but this one in particular has all the best that Copland has to offer. I am listening to it over and over, and the music sends me.
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This is one of my favorite composers with all of his works that I love to listen to done very well by this conductor and orchestra
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