Top 5 Favorite Copland Works

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vandermolen

List No.37b (probably the same as the previous 36)

Symphonic Ode (MTT)
Symphony No.3 (Slatkin with original ending)
Lincoln Portrait (Ormandy/Stevenson)
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra (Bernstein/Power Biggs)
Tender Land Suite (Copland/RCA)
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

San Antone

I am a fan of Copland but one work I've never thought much of, but seems to be one of his most popular, is Fanfare for the Common Man.  I just don't get it.

Mirror Image

Quote from: vandermolen on June 01, 2022, 04:34:32 AM
List No.37b (probably the same as the previous 36)

Symphonic Ode (MTT)
Symphony No.3 (Slatkin with original ending)
Lincoln Portrait (Ormandy/Stevenson)
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra (Bernstein/Power Biggs)
Tender Land Suite (Copland/RCA)

Great list, Jeffrey. Although I don't really rate Lincoln Portrait as highly as you do. I never cared for works that contain narration. The music itself is great. My favorite performances are Charleston Heston/Abravanel on Vanguard, but also Henry Fonda/Copland on Columbia (Sony).

Symphonic Addict

Symphony No. 3
Symphonic Ode
Piano Concerto or Clarinet Concerto (or both, what the heck!  ;D)
Billy the Kid
Grohg or Appalachian Spring (same as above)
As we acquire knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.

Albert Schweitzer

vandermolen

Quote from: Mirror Image on June 01, 2022, 07:00:16 AM
Great list, Jeffrey. Although I don't really rate Lincoln Portrait as highly as you do. I never cared for works that contain narration. The music itself is great. My favorite performances are Charleston Heston/Abravanel on Vanguard, but also Henry Fonda/Copland on Columbia (Sony).
I like the Heston/Abravanel as well John. I'm not so keen on the Henry Fonda version, although he's a fine actor. I even saw it live a while back - poorly narrated by Charles Dance with a melodramatic fake American accent.
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Mirror Image

Quote from: vandermolen on June 01, 2022, 03:44:55 PM
I like the Heston/Abravanel as well John. I'm not so keen on the Henry Fonda version, although he's a fine actor. I even saw it live a while back - poorly narrated by Charles Dance with a melodramatic fake American accent.

A melodramatic fake American accent is never a good thing, but neither is an English one, which I've heard from plenty of American actors. ;) I'm a case in point: each time I try an English accent it somehow morphs into Australian. ::) ;D

vandermolen

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Quote from: Mirror Image on June 01, 2022, 03:47:08 PM
A melodramatic fake American accent is never a good thing, but neither is an English one, which I've heard from plenty of American actors. ;) I'm a case in point: each time I try an English accent it somehow morphs into Australian. ::) ;D
V funny!
I must say that I have no desire to hear the versions of A Lincoln Portrait narrated by 'Mrs Thatcher' - (listening to that over and over again would be worthy of a place on the lower levels of Dante's 'Inferno') or the one narrated by Norman ('Stormin Norman') Schwarzkopf.
PS the best English accents by American actors are by those who have partly British heritage (like Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Shakespeare in Love' - although I am no great fan).
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Mirror Image

Quote from: vandermolen on June 02, 2022, 06:12:02 AM
V funny!
I must say that I have no desire to hear the versions of A Lincoln Portrait narrated by 'Mrs Thatcher' - (listening to that over and over again would be worthy of a place on the lower levels of Dante's 'Inferno') or the one narrated by Norman ('Stormin Norman') Schwarzkopf.
PS the best English accents by American actors are by those who have partly British heritage (like Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Shakespeare in Love' - although I am no great fan).

If I heard Margaret Thatcher narrate Copland's Lincoln Portrait, I would take the CD out of the player and smash it to smithereens. ;D

vandermolen

Quote from: Mirror Image on June 02, 2022, 06:34:33 AM
If I heard Margaret Thatcher narrate Copland's Lincoln Portrait, I would take the CD out of the player and smash it to smithereens. ;D
;D
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).

Olias

Symphony 3
Appalachian Spring
Fanfare for the Common Man
Down A Country Lane
Old American Songs (set 1 especially)
"It is the artists of the world, the feelers, and the thinkers who will ultimately save us." - Leonard Bernstein

k a rl h e nn i ng

I have a nagging feeling I've played already, but here goes:

Nonet for strings
Sextet

Appalachian Spring (original chamber version)
Symphonic Ode
Piano Concerto
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

Mirror Image

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 18, 2022, 07:51:25 AM
I have a nagging feeling I've played already, but here goes:

Nonet for strings
Sextet

Appalachian Spring (original chamber version)
Symphonic Ode
Piano Concerto


Ah, you have, indeed. ;)

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on August 04, 2016, 10:23:20 AM
As requested, though next week the list may be different:

Nonet
Sextet
(cheers, Karlo!)
Billy the Kid (ditto)
Symphony for Organ & Orchestra
Piano Concerto


k a rl h e nn i ng

Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

LKB

I may also have played already, but anyway:

The Red Pony Suite
Rodeo
Billy the Kid
Quiet City
Appalachian Spring

Mit Flügeln, die ich mir errungen...

Mirror Image

Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on July 18, 2022, 12:17:51 PM
Substantially consistent, anyway ....

Yeah, it appears you've kept some works intact, indeed. 8) I really ought to give the Nonet for Strings another listen as it's been too long. It appears not only in your own list, but some other members' lists as well.

vandermolen

I need to re-hear the Nonet as well.
List No.37b

Symphonic Ode
Symphony for Organ and Orchestra
Symphony No.3 (with original ending)
Quiet City
The Tender Land Suite

Bonus choice (if allowed): Lincoln Portrait
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).