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- 製品サイズ : 14.27 x 12.5 x 0.84 cm; 108.86 g
- メーカー : RCA
- EAN : 0090266854127
- 製造元リファレンス : 090266854127
- レーベル : RCA
- ASIN : B000003G4A
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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The material covered on Copland the Modernist offers an important--and highly enjoyable--counterweight to the icon of folksy Americana that the composer is usually made out to be. And though such works as Appalachian Spring and Rodeo have kept Copland high on the list of the 20th century's most popular composers, his achievement extends well beyond the familiar beauty of those musical landscapes. Michael Tilson Thomas, who has evolved into arguably the finest American conductor of his generation, has a special affinity for American maverick composers, and the selections here represent Copland as a probing artist who made his own impression straddling the popular-classical divide. In fact, Copland's later experiments in serialism were simply a natural development of his restless curiosity, of which these early assimilations of jazz into a symphonic idiom are excellent examples. Tilson Thomas manages at the same time to convey the heady inspiration from European models and the sense of embarking on a brave new world that went into the Short Symphony and Symphonic Ode (composed for the Boston Symphony). This is spectacular, spiky, incisive playing by a great American orchestra of a great American composer. --Thomas May
Featured here are the 1926 Piano Concerto, done with Garrick Ohlsson as soloist, the 1929 Symphonic Ode - the only music here I found truly weak (I would have preferred they include the Organ Symphony as an alternative) -- a 1950s orchestration by the composer of his Piano Variations from 1930, and the short 20-minute-long 2nd symphony, completed in 1933. The Piano Concerto is an example of the 1920s jazz crossover work like Darius Milhaud's beautiful "Creation of the World" or the Ernst Krenek opera "Jonny spielt auf". Its soft opening movement transitions into a brasher second movement heavily reliant on a bluesy minor-third motif. While I have never understood the acclaim the Piano Variations have received, I think Copland's orchestration found here makes the best case for a piece which retains its interest. I have similar feelings from the 2nd "short" symphony - it's a work that I don't consider a great one yet I consistently looked forward to hearing it on this disc.
I don't think any of the compositions on this disc are true masterpieces but despite that really enjoyed repeated listening of three of them and credit both the music itself and the very musical, tight performances by Tilson Thomas & the SFSO. Tilson Thomas in my experiences likes to take a more relaxed interpretive approach that concentrates on details rather than intensity. I think this predilection serves Copland well. The very good sonic engineering on the disc helps the final result.