This two-disc set compiles mostly obscure musical works centering on Abraham Lincoln, mixed in with one or two more familiar pieces. It's a worthwhile concept, though I have to admit that to my tastes we probably could have gotten by with just one disc instead. The most well-known composition in this release is Aaron Copland's Lincoln Portrait for narrator and orchestra, a piece that has enjoyed a few notable recordings. This one, though, is utterly magnificent. Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Orchestra do their part admirably, and the voice of Barry Scott is magnificent. My second favorite work is Paul Turok's Variations on an American Song, that being Lincoln and Liberty, an 1860 campaign song, though the melody comes from the folksong Old Rosin the Beau. The strength of Turok's composition comes from that venerable tune. Morton Gould contributes his Lincoln Legend, which also draws on music of the time. The remaining pieces, I must admit, were much less satisfying. A short work by Charles Ives, Lincoln the Great Commoner, was on the one hand classic Ives, which on the other hand meant that for me it was hit or miss -- in this case, miss. Vincent Persichetti's A Lincoln Address is conceptually much like the end of the Copland piece, in this case utilizing Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address. The words, of course, constitute one of the great speeches of history, and Persichetti's music is interesting and engaging, but together I found that the two elements tended to clash with each other, while in the Copland words and music compliment each other. Roy Harris' Abraham Lincoln walks at Midnight succeeds, though I didn't find it memorable. That same judgment applies to George McKay's composition To a Liberator. Finally, Ernst Bacon's contribution was incidental music to a play. As such, it tended to be a little disjointed and centrifugal. So while half this set worked well for me, I found the other half to be a bit of a drag. In other words, we have the lamentable situation of an album divided against itself.