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February 24, 2019

Best of luck to #ramimalek and #queen tonight at the oscars! xM

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Freya Parr Five essential works by Aaron Copland

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Fanfare for the Common Man

This brassy blast of pure Americana was one of 18 fanfares commission by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Recommended recording:
London Symphony Orchestra/Aaron Copland
Sony Classical SMK 89874

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/3oTbOc3wgND3nynsLmfacL

 

 

Rodeo

A ‘cowboy ballet’ with American folk tunes within its five-movement structure, Rodeo is fun, sassy and jazzy. The final ‘Hoe-down’ is its signature movement.

Recommended recording:
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas
RCA 82876658402

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/5ybgi7ue2EXAmU3NM41zky

 

 

Appalachian Spring

A beautiful ballet celebrating American pioneers of the 1800s. Copland evokes the wide open spaces of his rural homeland.

Recommended recording:
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
DG 477 6352

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1sIKjNKPo058xiSZGm5wlm

 

 

Clarinet Concerto

The opening movement has been called ‘a perfect fusion of Satie and Mahler’. Jazz rhythms combine with a classical scope for a thoroughly modern masterpiece.

Recommended recording:
Benny Goodman (clarinet), Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Bernstein
Sony SK 43337

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/0UmywEHS2SGA0KSitPyojE

 

 

Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

Copland didn’t write many songs, but this cycle is one of the finest written after the Second World War. Deeply personal, it deals with love, death and self-discovery.

Recommended recording:
Barbara Bonney (soprano), André Previn (piano)
Decca 455 5112

https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1wT4UNebPrTKAZPoNAmCRH

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Stop-time

Geoffrey Smith analyses the challenging art of “stop-time”, when a jazz soloist improvises not against a steady beat but rhythmic punctuation, with thrilling examples from the likes of Louis Armstrong, Pee Wee Russell and Sonny Rollins.

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On this Day February 24, 2000

Carlos Santana won eight awards at this year Grammy Awards. Before the ‘Supernatural’ album, the guitarist had not had a Top 10 album since 1981. Sting won two awards, one for best pop album and another for best male pop vocalist.
Sir Elton John won the legend award and Phil Collins the best soundtrack award for ‘Tarzan’.

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