Copland - Piano Concerto

Naxos: 8559297

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Copland - Piano Concerto

Label:

Naxos

Catalogue No:

8559297
(8.559297)

Discs:

1

Release date:

28th April 2008

Barcode:

0636943929728

Length:

63 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Copland - Piano Concerto


Copland:

The Tender Land (Suite)

Piano Concerto

Benjamin Pasternack (piano)

Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2

St Charles Singers


Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Robert Hanson

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Aaron Copland’s little-known opera The Tender Land takes place on a farm in the American South during the Depression. The composer later wrote, “I was trying to give young American singers material that they do not often get in the opera house... The result was closer to musical comedy than grand opera.” The suite that Copland extracted from The Tender Land is in three movements, with the second and third linked without pause. The 1926 Piano Concerto, like Gershwin’s Concerto of the previous year, is a 1920s “New York” piece – brassy, exuberant, ever confident in its bluesy swagger. Copland composed two sets of Old American Songs, originally for voice and piano but heard here transcribed for chorus and orchestra.

Aaron Copland: The Tender Land Suite

I. Introduction and Love Music

II. Party Scene

III. Finale: The Promise of Living

Aaron Copland: Piano Concerto

I. Andante sostenuto

II. Molto moderato, Allegro assai

Aaron Copland: Old American Songs I (arr. I. Fine for chorus)

I. The Boatmen's Dance

II. The Dodger

III. Long Time Ago

IV. Simple Gifts

V. I Bought me a Cat

Aaron Copland: Old American Songs II (arr. for choir)

I. The Little Horses (arr. R. Wilding-White)

II. Zion's Walls (arr. G. Koponen)

III. The Golden Willow Tree

IV. At The River (arr. R. Wilding-White)

V. Ching-a-ring Chaw (arr. I. Fine)

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2008

“Copland's concise Piano Concerto… shows how Copland exploited the jazz age to brilliant effect. A thoroughly efficient performance with Pasternack but the orchestral sound with Ohlsson under Tilson Thomas is more alluring. The two sets of Old American Songs... work well, especially those arranged by Irving Fine: good soloists in a relaxed choral context.”

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