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  • Performer: Copland; Harris
  • Composer: Copland; Harris
  • Audio CD (Aug. 1 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Del
  • ASIN: B0000006YT
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Fanfare For The Common Man
2. Lincoln Portrait
3. Canticle Of Freedom
4. An Outdoor Overture
5. American Creed: Free To Dream
6. American Creed: Free To Build
7. When Johnny Comes Marching Home

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This is a mixture of choral and orchestral music by two great American composers, music that can only be described as patriotic. But don't let that keep you away from Copland's heartbreaking Lincoln Portrait or Roy Harris's much-neglected American Creed. James Earl Jones supplies the narration in Lincoln Portrait. American Creed is filled with Harris's usual open harmonies and melodic expansiveness and is actually a very complex triple fugue. The miking for this entire recording isn't as close to the orchestra or clear as it could be, but this is a great collection nonetheless. --Paul Cook

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If you buy this CD, you'll probably do so for Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." You won't be disappointed, either, for this is one of the best renditions of that particular symphonic war-horse in print. It's well performed, and James Earl Jones's majestic voice transcends the kitschier aspects of Copland's narration.
"Fanfare for the Common Man" is also here in all its brassy glory, although if you're like me you've heard it so often it gives you a headache. But in all likelihood you haven't heard the other Copland works on this CD: "Canticle of Freedom" and the seldom-performed "An Outdoor Overture." "An Outdoor Overture" is second-tier Copland -- a pleasant symphonic poem, nothing too remarkable. "Canticle of Freedom," on the other hand, exemplifies Copland's worst tendencies as a composer; most of it is just noisy and not musically interesting.
The real surprise here is Roy Harris's three-movement "American Creed," which is both inspiring and musically sound. It is a patriotic symphony that mostly avoids bombast, and it ought to be performed far more often. Harris is a much underrated composer, and this is one of his best works.
On the whole, this CD is a smashing good classical music collection for a Flag Day or Fourth of July holiday -- or for any time you just want to celebrate being an American.
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The inclusion of Copland's "Fanfare" and "A Lincoln Portrait" into a CD such as this is a no-brainer, but these recordings are the best of their kind--tremendous sound, and the quintessential narrator in Jones to complete it. Schwarz also blesses us with one of Copland's little-known choral works that sends a powerful patriotic message, and the "Outdoor Overture" is simply Copland at his jovial best at the prime of his composing career. The selected Harris works add further impact to the disc: the only recording available of "American Creed," along with Harris' unforgettable interpretation of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," round it out wonderfully. The Roy Harris works may be the true highlight of the disc--if that's possible. Another splendid job by Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony.
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James Earl Jones is simply magnificent in the narration of "A Lincoln Portrait". Very moving and inspirational.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d16da50) out of 5 stars 20 reviews
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e237480) out of 5 stars Perfect collection of patriotic fare. Oct. 13 1999
By Carol A Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The inclusion of Copland's "Fanfare" and "A Lincoln Portrait" into a CD such as this is a no-brainer, but these recordings are the best of their kind--tremendous sound, and the quintessential narrator in Jones to complete it. Schwarz also blesses us with one of Copland's little-known choral works that sends a powerful patriotic message, and the "Outdoor Overture" is simply Copland at his jovial best at the prime of his composing career. The selected Harris works add further impact to the disc: the only recording available of "American Creed," along with Harris' unforgettable interpretation of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," round it out wonderfully. The Roy Harris works may be the true highlight of the disc--if that's possible. Another splendid job by Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d0ecb70) out of 5 stars Great Lesser-known Masterpieces Nov. 2 2005
By VonStupp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Portraits of Freedom is a CD featuring works by Aaron Copland and Roy Harris which have a special emphasis on democracy. Not just a "hack" American music CD, features include the very well known to some virtually unknown compositions making this a welcome addition to the Copland/Harris recorded music oeuvre.

Fanfare for the Common Man brings nothing new, but it is such a great miniature. Less recorded is the Lincoln Portrait. Copland opens with a slow triumphant fanfare melody which gives way to a faster "Camptown Races" melody and brilliantly weaves the two together. The piece ends with a dramatic reading by James Earl Jones.

Canticle of Freedom, rarely heard, features chorus. The music and text are interesting enough to wonder why it has been neglected. Along with the Outdoor Overture, Copland uses not only uses his trademark rhythms and harmonies, but dissonance is judiciously placed to give his music an American experience.

Roy Harris' American Creed and When Johnny Comes Marching Home are also rarely heard, nonetheless recorded. Harris' music is a bit more ponderous than that of Copland, and while Harris sticks with more classical formal designs, it is interesting to note the many harmonic and orchestration similarities which exist between the two composers. Harris' energetic "When Johnny..." is also very interesting, especially when compared to the more famous American Salute by Morton Gould.

The liner notes are voluminous accounts into the background of Copland. You really get the gist of how close he was to music and patriotism and how that evolved throughout the 20th Century. The Seattle Symphony plays well on this disk; you can tell they have a real feel of the music. While you can find better recordings of Fanfare and the Outdoor Overture, you can't beat this Lincoln Portrait, and you probably won't find the other works anywhere else, especially so well performed. Copland was serious about music and democracy and it shows in these works; the lesser known ones are greatly eclipsed by his more famous works, and so you probably have to be a Copland junkie to buy this CD. In that case, this will be an easy buy for you!
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd6ff6c) out of 5 stars James Earl Jones Is INCREDABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oct. 2 2004
By ClassicalMusicLover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have listened to several recordings of the Lincoln Portait narrated by Henry Fonda, Carl Sandberg and Katherine Hepburn, and I can tell you that James Earl Jones is by far the most inspiring speaker of them all and surpases all of them by a wide margin. Every word James speaks comes from his heart and it is an extremely moving experience.

An interesting note: Every speaker before James Earl Jones reads the following line, "government of the people, by the people, and for the people." with the emphasis on the words "of", "by" and "for". When James reads it, he shifts the emphasis to the word "people" each time and it makes an impressive difference. He is masterful.

Every time I listen to it it gives me goose bumps and tears swell up in my eyes and my chest fills with pride and warmth. It inspires me to do great things.

Jeff
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d301bac) out of 5 stars Great Fourth of July album Jan. 11 2003
By Timothy Hulsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you buy this CD, you'll probably do so for Aaron Copland's "Lincoln Portrait." You won't be disappointed, either, for this is one of the best renditions of that particular symphonic war-horse in print. It's well performed, and James Earl Jones's majestic voice transcends the kitschier aspects of Copland's narration.
"Fanfare for the Common Man" is also here in all its brassy glory, although if you're like me you've heard it so often it gives you a headache. But in all likelihood you haven't heard the other Copland works on this CD: "Canticle of Freedom" and the seldom-performed "An Outdoor Overture." "An Outdoor Overture" is second-tier Copland -- a pleasant symphonic poem, nothing too remarkable. "Canticle of Freedom," on the other hand, exemplifies Copland's worst tendencies as a composer; most of it is just noisy and not musically interesting.
The real surprise here is Roy Harris's three-movement "American Creed," which is both inspiring and musically sound. It is a patriotic symphony that mostly avoids bombast, and it ought to be performed far more often. Harris is a much underrated composer, and this is one of his best works.
On the whole, this CD is a smashing good classical music collection for a Flag Day or Fourth of July holiday -- or for any time you just want to celebrate being an American.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cd6bd14) out of 5 stars A LINCOLN PORTRAIT - WOW! Feb. 24 2008
By E. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I totally agree with the other reviews about how superb this offering is of Copland's music.I simply want to focus on A LINCOLN PORTRAIT. It has been a favorite piece since 1960. I have heard most of the recordings and the various speakers. NEVER HAVE I BEEN SO MOVED AS I HAVE BEEN WITH JAMES EARL JONES! WHAT POWER! WHAT CONVICTION! WHAT JOY!



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