Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; Billy the Kid and Others

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
This Royal Philharmonic Masterworks album does a nice job of programming an assortment of Aaron Copland's splendid orchestral works without falling into the all-too-frequent pitfall of assailing listeners with a barrage of short excerpts. In fact, with the exception of the "Hoe-Down" from "Rodeo," the works heard here are complete. The album opens with the instantly identifiable "Fanfare for the Common Man" before continuing on to some of the most brilliant uses of American folk idioms in his music. The claims that the album cover makes regarding the performance quality are, however, overstated. Nothing here is "performed with a rarely heard abandon," nor are the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
This Royal Philharmonic Masterworks album does a nice job of programming an assortment of Aaron Copland's splendid orchestral works without falling into the all-too-frequent pitfall of assailing listeners with a barrage of short excerpts. In fact, with the exception of the "Hoe-Down" from "Rodeo," the works heard here are complete. The album opens with the instantly identifiable "Fanfare for the Common Man" before continuing on to some of the most brilliant uses of American folk idioms in his music. The claims that the album cover makes regarding the performance quality are, however, overstated. Nothing here is "performed with a rarely heard abandon," nor are the individual performances certain to "excite and thrill over and over." Instead, what listeners get is a safe, solid, yet unimaginative reading of these great works. There are no glaring technical issues to be found, but there's also little excitement. The "Fanfare" lacks in grandeur, "Appalachian Spring" is not as serene and still as it could be, and "El Salón México" is not adequately drunken. It would also have been more helpful if the various sections of "Billy the Kid" and "Appalachian Spring" had been parceled out into individual tracks. Still, newcomers to Copland will still find this album a reasonable introduction to his works and a springboard to additional listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Royal Phil Masterwrk
  • UPC: 723721399351
  • Catalog Number: 28410
  • Sales rank: 145,464

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fanfare for the Common Man, for brass & percussion (from Symphony No. 3) - Aaron Copland & Alan Peters (3:11)
  2. 2–3 Billy the Kid, orchestral suite from the ballet - Aaron Copland & Alan Peters (21:04)
  3. 3 El Salón México, for orchestra - Aaron Copland & Alan Peters (11:26)
  4. 4 Rodeo, selections from the ballet (including "Four Dance Episodes"): Hoe-Down - Aaron Copland & Alan Peters (3:39)
  5. 5 Appalachian Spring, concert suite for full orchestra - Aaron Copland & Alan Peters (25:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Primary Artist
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