Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; Appalachian Spring Suite; Third Symphony

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; Appalachian Spring Suite; Third Symphony

by Eiji Oue
     
 

During the dark years of the Great Depression and World War II, Aaron Copland's greatest contribution to American culture was the sense of optimism and national pride (without coarse patriotism) that his music communicated to the American people. It is fitting, then, that this 100th birthday tribute from Eiji OueSee more details below

Overview

During the dark years of the Great Depression and World War II, Aaron Copland's greatest contribution to American culture was the sense of optimism and national pride (without coarse patriotism) that his music communicated to the American people. It is fitting, then, that this 100th birthday tribute from Eiji Oue and the Minnesota Orchestra offers three works composed from 1942 to 1946, when darkness gave way to light; as Copland said about his Third Symphony, he wanted it to capture the "euphoric spirit of the country." These meticulously prepared performances are presented in stunningly realistic sound, although the musical balance at times slights the strings, who play nonetheless with warmth and assurance (just listen to the treacherous opening and closing of the symphony's third movement, for example). Oue's obvious affection for this music sometimes causes him to linger in the slower sections of both the symphony and Appalachian Spring. This succeeds in bringing out the overt expressiveness of the scores, though one misses the sense of declamatory grandeur that Leonard Bernstein brought to the symphony, as well as the jazzy fun he had with its faster sections. Appalachian Spring may seem rather mellow overall, but the Fanfare for the Common Man is as stirring as ever. Curiously, Oue makes the standard eight-measure cut at the end of the symphony's last movement -- isn't it about time, especially in Copland's centenary year, to just play every note the composer wrote? Regardless of this, Oue's tribute is timely, heartfelt, and beautifully rendered.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2000
Label:
Reference Recordings
UPC:
0030911109325
catalogNumber:
93
Rank:
33786

Tracks

  1. Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3)  - Aaron Copland  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  Minnesota Orchestra  -  Eiji Oue
  2. Appalachian Spring, concert suite for full orchestra  - Aaron Copland  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  Minnesota Orchestra  -  Eiji Oue
  3. Symphony No. 3  - Aaron Copland  - Marcia Gordon Martin  -  Minnesota Orchestra  -  Eiji Oue

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Performance Credits

Eiji Oue   Primary Artist

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