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.”
24-bit, 96 kHz Stereo and Surround recordings
27th November 2013
“Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony...a great team, and this disc demonstrates just how far the orchestra have progressed under his tutelage. They sound supremely confident and at ease with themselves, and Rodeo shows them at their exuberant best. Ensemble is taut, the playing is full of character and the sonics are very good indeed.”
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