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Michael Tilson Thomas - Copland: The Populist (2000)

5-02-2016, 09:55
Classical Music | FLAC / APE

Title: Copland: The Populist
Year Of Release: 2000
Label: RCA Red Seal
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (log,tracks,cue)
Total Time: 01:16:32
Total Size: 332 Mb


01. Billy The Kid (21:09)
02. Appalachian Spring (35:51)

Rodeo, selections from the ballet (including "Four Dance Episodes")
03. I. Buckaroo Holiday (7:30)
04. II. Corral Nocturne (3:55)
05. III. Saturday Night Waltz (4:27)
06. IV. Hoe Down (3:23)

The year 2000 marks the centenary for Aaron Copland, and what better conductor to bring his best-loved Americana compositions into the next millennium than Michael Tilson Thomas? On his follow-up to 1996's Copland: The Modernist disc, the forward-thinking conductor leads the San Francisco Symphony through Billy the Kid, Appalachian Spring, and Rodeo--three well-worn compositions steeped in Americana and virtually owned by Leonard Bernstein on a now legendary single disc. But Tilson Thomas doesn't try to compete with Bernstein, instead giving these works an inventive, impressionistic reading all his own. He adds a noirish color to the introduction of Billy the Kid, a perfect contrast to the work's folksier elements. On the opening of Appalachian Spring, Tilson Thomas's unhurried timings create a sense of suspense (not bad for a work we've all heard dozens of times!). And, thanks to great recording techniques by RCA Victor, Rodeo is a rollicking good time that you'll want to crank up on the stereo. Sure, we've all heard these pieces before, but Tilson Thomas makes them sound fresh again. Great stuff. --Jason Verlinde

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