Copland: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 - Ballets

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Label: CHANDOS
Catalog: CHSA 5164
Format: SACD

BBC PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA JOSEFOVICH WILSON

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man El Salón México Billy the Kid - Suite Appalachian Spring - Suite Rodeo (Four Dance Episodes)

For this new series, the conductor, arranger, and light music specialist John Wilson, a BBC Proms favourite, for the first time joins the BBC Philharmonic on Chandos, in orchestral works by Aaron Copland. This first volume features the suites from the American composer’s most famous ballets. Written in 1938, the hugely successful Billy the Kid is a fine illustration of the limpid orchestration and clarity that Copland achieved in works made famous thanks to their popular accessibility. Similarly, four years later, in Appalachian Spring, he created a lastingly influential American soundworld, firmly rooted in the diatonicism of simple folk melodies. A third ‘nationalist’ ballet, Rodeo, and Fanfare for the Common Man were composed in the same year, 1942, the latter being possibly the most instantly recognizable piece in the history of American orchestral music. The energetic dances and national melodies of El Salón México reveals Copland’s other use of folk material, as a musical souvenir of foreign lands that had made an impression of him. This album was recorded two months after a highly successful concert broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.

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