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A Copland Celebration Vol. 3 Import

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  • Performer: Aaron Copland
  • Composer: Copland Aaron
  • Audio CD (Nov. 7 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sme
  • ASIN: B000050HWV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Disc: 1
1. Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2: The Boatmen's Dance - William Warfield
2. Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2: The Dodge - William Warfield
3. Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2: Long Time Ago - William Warfield
4. Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2: Simple Gifts - William Warfield
5. Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2: I Bought Me A Cat - William Warfield
6. Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2: The Little Horses - William Warfield
7. Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2: Zion's Walls - William Warfield
8. Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2: The Golden Willow Tree - William Warfield
9. Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2: At The River - William Warfield
10. Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2: Ching-A-Ring Chaw - William Warfield
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Tender Land: Act One: The Day Before Graduation (Late Afternoon): Gently Flowing - Aaron Copland
2. The Tender Land: Act One: The Day Before Graduation (Late Afternoon): Moderate Tempo: 'Once I Thought I'd Never Grow Tall As This Fence' - Joy Clements
3. The Tender Land: Act One: The Day Before Graduation (Late Afternoon): Moderately Fast: 'Do You Suppose They're Makin' Food In There?' - Richard Fredericks
4. The Tender Land: Act One: The Day Before Graduation (Late Afternoon): Somewhat Faster: 'We've Been North'/'We've Been South' - Richard Cassilly
5. The Tender Land: Act One: The Day Before Graduation (Late Afternoon): With Motion: 'Halloo, Halloo' - Norman Treigle
6. The Tender Land: Act One: The Day Before Graduation (Late Afternoon): Moderately: 'If You Boys Work As Smooth As You Talk, We'll Make Good Time In The Fields' - Norman Treigle
7. The Tender Land: Act One: The Day Before Graduation (Late Afternoon): Trifle Slower: 'The Promise Of Living With Hope And Thanksgiving' - Richard Cassilly
8. The Tender Land: Act Two: That Evening: Lively And Rough - Aaron Copland
9. The Tender Land: Act Two: That Evening: Quite Slow: 'Thank You, Thank You All' - Joy Clements
10. The Tender Land: Act Two: That Evening: Very Broadly: 'Ah, Laurie, You Are A Puzzle' - Norman Treigle
See all 17 tracks on this disc

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Aaron Copland est né en 1900 à Brooklyn, New York (USA). Né dans une famille d'émigrés russes, il étudia le piano dès son plus jeune âge avec les célèbres pianistes Victor Wittgenstein et Clarence Adler. De 1921 à 1924, il suivit l'enseignement de Ricardo Viñes (1875-1943) au Conservatoire américain de Fontainebleau en France. C'est là qu'il rencontra Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979), dont il dira : « Je compris immédiatement que j'avais trouvé mon maître ». De retour aux États-Unis en 1924, il fonda en 1928 les Copland-Sessions Concerts à New York, séries de concerts destinés à promouvoir la jeune musique américaine puis, de 1932 à 1933, dirigea le Festival de musique contemporaine de Yaddo (New York), tout en continuant une carrière de pianiste, de chef d'orchestre et de professeur. En 1938, il accepta d'écrire pour la troupe de Lincoln Kirstein, le « Ballet Caravan » (« New York City Ballet ») un ballet retraçant la vie de Billy the Kid, premier western exprimé en langage musical. Dans les années 1950, il fut l'une des victimes du maccarthisme, et inscrit sur la Liste Noire du cinéma américain ; Copland, qui avait écrit en 1930 des « Variations pour piano » dans un style d'écriture dodécaphonique, s'intéressa alors à nouveau au sérialisme, en prenant « les grandes lignes de la théorie pour les adapter à mes propres besoins » (Copland), et beaucoup d'oeuvres de Copland de cette époque seront marquées par l'écriture sérielle.Read more ›
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9dcf5594) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d91e12c) out of 5 stars Pure joy July 28 2005
By CH - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The recording of Copland's The Tender Land is alone worth getting this disc. The rest of the vocal works are just a bonus, a very good bonus! Copland directs a definitive account of his opera, and in this compressed version leaves out all the spoken parts of the full length opera, no doubt depriving us of a lot of good music but on the other hand giving listeners a very concise version that is even stronger musically (although dramatically a little lacking in logic because of the missing parts - for example without knowing of the confrontation during the party scene you would find the boys' departure the next morning puzzling, and the CD notes does not elaborate on the plot, which is about the only negative thing you can say about this set). Listening to the opera in this abridged version gives you the feeling of one hit after another, there is not a single weak point in the score and Copland has a gift for word-setting that can turn clumsy texts such as "girls come and go, some are good, some are not so good" into goosebumps stuff (a lovely dedication to Laurie sung by Grandpa). Other high points include the stunning transformation of the traditional Walls of Zion into the quartet piece The Promise Of Living and a rollicking Party Scene, which contains the best in Copland's clever orchestration and rythmic vitality - it seems all of the composers best traits have all come together in this work. Martin's Act 2 Song 'Laurie...You Know, Laurie' is a rare gem or an aria and beautifully sung. Other hidden gems include the comical 'We've Been North'. The cast is impeccable and the entire performance is flawless. Add to that one of those scores that simply win you over from start to finish, and you can't but fall in love with this music. I once thought that nothing could better Appalachian Spring but that was before I discovered this neglected work.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d91e534) out of 5 stars Copland's vocal work Aug. 7 2002
By Neal Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
And so on this third set of the celebration of Aaron Copland's music, all attention is on his vocal work including the opera, "The Tender Land".
I can't completely explain why I give this five stars after giving the first two sets four stars each. This is just the way the opera, in particular, strikes me. I'm no great opera fan, and to my knowledge, America just has not yet proved itself in the operatic field although it's tried. It will take time, but I do see Copland's work as someday being considered the best example of American opera. This is all subjective opinion, obviously, and I'm sure there are those more knowledgeable who will disagree. So be it.
All in all, these three sets will give you a complete overview of one of America's most important composers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d91e5ac) out of 5 stars Wonderful April 21 2007
By Good Stuff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I must confess I am unfamiliar with Copland's "The Tender Land" except for this reissue, which I find to be absolutely magnificent. I realize this is a truncated performance, eliminating what I assume to be a fair amount of spoken dialogue. But I don't care. What is presented here is simply one of the finest American compositions - forget American - one of the finest compositions of the 20th century. Period.
HASH(0x9d91e354) out of 5 stars Essential Copland May 14 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Hard not to agree with the other posts. After all, they all love this collection. However, none of them mention my favorite selection: Copland's lovely orchestration of "Old American Songs". These beautiful examples of early American music are expertly orchestrated, and movingly sung by the great baritone William Warfield (who also recorded a memorable highlight album of "Porgy and Bess" with the great Leontyne Price). Every song is a highlight. However, the humorous and perceptive "The Dodger" (politics have not changed one bit) and "I Bought Me a Cat", the stirring "Walls of Zion" (which also appears melodically in "The Tender Land" included here), "Simple Gifts" (well known from "Appalachian Spring"), and "At the River", and the chilling "Golden Willow Tree" are favorites of mine. The great Thomas Hampson also does these songs, but this is the recording conducted by the composer most Copland fans remember from the '60's. In any case, a celebration of riches including Adele Addison's performance of the Emily Dickinson settings. An embarrassment of riches no classical library should be without.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d91ea74) out of 5 stars Operatic Americana March 26 2012
By Brian Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On July 28, 1965, Aaron Copland conducted a rare Concert Version of his 1954 opera, "The Tender Land," at the new Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, at Philharmonic Hall, with the New York Philharmonic, as part of the French-American Festival.

The only member of the original cast was the great Norman Treigle, and joining him now were Joy Clements, Claramae Turner, Richard Cassilly, and Richard Fredricks.

Happily, Columbia recorded this abridged version on July 31st, at the Manhattan Center. Would they had decided to record it complete! Nevertheless, Copland the conductor disobeys Copland the composer's metronome markings, and a lugubrious approach to the thin "folk" score is the last thing this opera needs. The cast, however, is entirely remarkable, all of whom were under-recorded Americans, yet who were among the finest of their generation.

Clements (who often appeared at both the City Opera and the Metropolitan Opera) is very touching as young Laurie, with just a touch of tang in her tone so as to make hers an interesting voice. Turner (Ulrica in the legendary Nelli/Toscanini "Un ballo in maschera") is terrific as her mother, and Cassilly (later to become one of the great Heldentenors) is a luxury as Martin.

Treigle, as the grandfather, reduces the natural vibrancy of his huge voice to suit the character of the patriarch, to great effect. The bass-baritone's exceptional rhythmic sense makes itself felt, as well. Fredricks, as Top, displays his marvelous voice and intensity.

It was in the year 2000 that Sony released this historic recording on Compact Discs, commemorating the centenary of Copland's death.