Copland: Rodeo

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Copland: Rodeo



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3rd June 2013




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Copland: Rodeo



Dance Panels

El Salón México

Danzon Cubano



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While Copland’s hugely successful celebration of the American West, Rodeo, has become an American classic, Dance Panels is barely known despite working beautifully as a concert work. Based on popular Mexican melodies, the glittering, even exotic El Salón Mexico is one of Copland’s most frequently performed works. Of his rhythmically complex Danzón Cubano, inspired by a visit to a dance hall in Cuba, in which there were two orchestras playing at both ends, the composer himself wrote: “I did not attempt to reproduce an authentic Cuban sound but felt free to add my own touches of displaced accents and unexpected silent beats.” GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor Leonard Slatkin’s recording of Copland’s Lincoln Portrait (8559373-74) received “the kind of performance that brought tears to my eyes” (Audiophile Audition).

Aaron Copland: Rodeo

I. Buckaroo Holiday

II. Corral Nocturne

III. Ranch House Party

IV. Saturday Night Waltz

V. Hoe Down

Aaron Copland: Dance Panels

I. Introduction: Moderato (Tempo di valzer) - Espressivo un poco rubato

II. Allegretto con tenerezza (Un poco rubato)

III. Scherzando - Moderato

IV. Pas de trois: Lento

V. Con brio

VI. Con moto

VII. Molto ritmico - Coda - Come prima - Moderato

Aaron Copland: Fantasía Mexicana (From "Fiesta")

El salon Mexico

Aaron Copland: Danzón cubano

Danzon Cubano

The Arts Desk

22nd June 2013

“There’s so much to admire here; an immaculately played, sensationally recorded anthology of Copland orchestral music...All immaculate, though lacking the touch of wildness which Bernstein and Tilson Thomas displayed on their recordings. But, at this price, who’s complaining?”

MusicWeb International

2nd July 2013

“these are really classy performances, brimming with style, wit and poetry...Slatkin and his orchestra turn in a brilliantly idiomatic reading [of Rodeo], matched by a perfectly balanced recording.”

BBC Music Magazine

August 2013


“There's vintage Copland here, and Leonard Slatkin is a persuasive advocate; but the full-size string section of the Detroit Symphony occasionally swamps details...this is an enjoyable programme; and Dance Panels is certainly worth discovering.”

Presto Classical

James Longstaffe

January 2015

“Leonard Slatkin conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a lively performance of the complete Rodeo, (including the Ranch House Party movement omitted from the Four Dance Episodes ), featuring a witty, laid-back Hoe-Down. There's also a fantastic, Mariachi-inspired trumpet solo in El Salón México, and a catchily toe-tapping rendition of Danzón Cubano.”

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