- 製品サイズ : 14.27 x 12.5 x 0.84 cm; 108.86 g
- メーカー : RCA
- EAN : 0009026615052, 0090266150526
- 商品モデル番号 : 2025735
- レーベル : RCA
- ASIN : B000003FEK
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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These sunny, lucid performances are the best Aaron Copland has ever given us of his own music. In truth, he was not a great conductor, and much of the credit for the success of this disc must go to the Boston Symphony--the orchestra that, along with the New York Philharmonic, has been most closely associated with Copland's music. In addition to the lovely Appalachian Spring ballet, Copland includes a charming suite from his rarely performed opera The Tender Land. It shares the same openly "American" style as the ballet, so if you like the one, you'll be sure to enjoy this novelty as well. Gould's Fall River Legend is a warmly melodic ballet on the Lizzie Borden story. It makes an apt coupling. --David Hurwitz
Two of America's greatest composers-Aaron Copland and Morton Gould-conduct their own works.
Be that as it may, it's the other, lesser known pieces on this CD, that would give any lover of American classical music a reason to purchase this CD. Included herein is a pleasant little suite from Copland's lone opera "The Tender Land".
Of greater interest to me are Morton Gould's "Fall River Suite" and the two excerpts from "Latin American Symphonette". Each are performed by Morton Gould conducting his own "Morton Gould" orchestra.
From what I can tell by way of a casual sampling of Gould's output, he was primarily an orchestra/band leader, in roughly the same vein as Percy Faith, Jackie Gleason, Lawrence Welk, Henry Mancini, Hugo Winterhalter, Werner Muller and others. Gould, however, was also an occasional conductor and composer of straight classical music. While Gould's own compositions can't really compare to the likes of such American luminaries as Ives, Copland and Barber; Gould does seem to hold his own as a composer of creative and mildly entertaining classical music.
As with dozens of other American composers, Gould is somewhat derivative of Copland. Even so, where Copland takes American folk songs and hymns and arranges and orchestrates those American folk songs and hymns into something grand without stripping the music of it's inherit simplicity (hence, Copland's "Simple Gifts"); with "Fall River Suite", Gould, on the other hand, creates his own melodies that capture the spirit of an old American hymn, a church social, a New England ball and so forth.
The "Tango" and "Guaracha" from "Latin American Symphonette" also seem to represent some of Gould's finest output.
Of course, America - at least we older guys - knew Appalachian Spring as the theme music for the B & W TV show, 20th Century with Walter Cronkite. I was still a young teen when I was given the RCA LP of this recording. Like Appalachian Spring depicts, life was simple then. Copland was melodically inspired by the Quaker song "The Gift to be Simple" when he wrote the music for the Martha Graham-choreographed one-act ballet. He finished work on the music towards the conclusion of WW II, when life was indeed about to simplify for millions of Americans. Whether the war had any significant influence on Copland is unknown, but maybe it isn't just ironic that such a pastoral work would be composed well into the war by the leading American composer. Who knows. Copland provides the listener with a sensitive, tender, and energetic performance of both Appalachian Spring and the orchestral arrangement of music from his opera, The Tender Land. The two works represent his finest efforts and are also more imbued with emotion. Surprisingly, sonics are hardly dated despite a recording date of 1959, and they certainly present no detriment to the listening experience.
Morton Gould conducts his better known Fall River Legend, a ballet about Lizzie Borden who had actually been accused of axe-murdering her father and step-mother. She was acquitted and no one else was ever charged. The music Gould composed is simply beautiful. Morton Gould was overheard saying that he only knew how to write hanging music. Interesting, huh? I guess RCA didn't like monothematic albums! The orchestral performance sounds much more recently performed, although the recording date was 1960. The ballet is still frequently performed. The Latin-American Symphonette is given a spirited performance. The second "movement" is light-hearted and just plain fun to hear. By judging from the sound alone, Morton Gould's Orchestra was a better on than the BSO.
It is wonderful to have very-well recorded accounts of these four American works conducted by their composers. The music and sonics make the album self-recommending.