Copland, Aaron

January 15, 2013, 7:00 pm

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For some, Aaron Copland conjures images of covered wagons and endless frontiers. For others, he evokes Olympic athletes, astronauts and fallen heroes. From waves of grain to stars and stripes, Aaron Copland defined the soundtrack to everything all-American. This week, we’ll trace his trek from the heart of Brooklyn to the heart of a nation. Featured works include Appalachian Spring, Rodeo, Fanfare for the Common Man and Billy the Kid.


Episode 1

Ornstein: A la Chinoise (excerpt)
Jenny Lin, piano
BIS 1110

Copland: The Cat and the Mouse
Leo Smit, piano
Sony 66345

Copland: Grohg (excerpts)
London Sinfonietta/Knussen
Argo 443203

Copland: Symphony for Organ and Orchestra
St. Louis/Slatkin; Preston, organ
RCA 68292

Episode 2

Copland: Piano Concerto (excerpt)
Symphony of the Air/Copland; Earl Wild, piano
Van SVC 3

Gershwin: Concerto in F (excerpt)
Kostelanetz Orchestra/Kostelanetz; Andre Previn, piano
CBS 46270

Copland: Piano Variations
Leo Smit, piano
Sony 66345

Copland: Short Symphony, I (excerpt)
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
Pro Arte 140

Copland: El Salon Mexico
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Sony 6057

Copland: Billy the Kid (excerpt)
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Sony 47543

Episode 3

Copland: Quiet City
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
DG 419170

Copland: Our Town (excerpt)
London Symphony Orchestra/Copland
CBS 42429

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Boston Pops/ Williams
Phil 412627

Copland: Buckaroo Holiday from Rodeo
New York Philharmonic/Bernstein
Sony 60899

Copland: Appalachian Spring
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies
Pro Arte 140

Episode 4

Copland: Sonata for Violin and Piano, III
Previn, piano; Shaham, violin
DG 453470

Copland: Lincoln Portrait (excerpt)
Philadelphia Orchestra/ Ormandy; Adlai Stevenson, narrator
Sony 62401

Copland: Symphony No. 3, I & II
London Symphony Orchestra/Copland
Everest 9040

Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Columbia Symphony/Copland; Benny Goodman, clarinet
CBS 42227

Episode 5

Copland: “Nature, the Gentlest Mother” from Eight Poems by Emily Dickinson
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra/Wolff; Upshaw, soprano

Copland: Suite from The Heiress
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin
RCA 61699

Copland: Old American Songs: “The Boatman’s Dance”, “The Dodger”, “At the River” & “I Bought Me a Cat”
Columbia Symphony/Copland; William Warfield, bar.
CBS 42430

Copland: Music for a Great City, I
St. Louis Symphony/Slatkin

Copland: Down a Country Lane
William McGlaughlin, piano
Private collection

Copland: Symphony No. 3, III (excerpt)
London Symphony Orchestra/Copland
Everest 9040