Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man; Three Dance Episodes from Rodeo; An Outdoor Overture; The Red Pony Suite; Lincoln Portrait

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COMPOSERS: Copland
LABELS: Sony
WORKS: Fanfare for the Common Man; Three Dance Episodes from Rodeo; An Outdoor Overture; The Red Pony Suite; Lincoln Portrait
PERFORMER: Adlai Stevenson (narrator) Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy, Cleveland Pops Orchestra/Louis Lane, St Louis SO/André Previn
CATALOGUE NO: SBK 62401 ADD (1959-65)
Within his parameters of risk-free diatonicism and cowboy folksiness, Copland is capable of an amazing range of expression, and the three conductors featured on this disc are perfectly at home with his idiom in all its variety. The ebullient Rodeo, the evocative Red Pony Suite and the inescapable Fanfare are interpreted with subtle insight. It’s good to have the rarely played Outdoor Overture and to find a leading statesman of Adlai Stevenson’s calibre narrating the Lincoln Portrait with such refinement. There’s some confusion over track numbering between the disc and packaging. Wadham Sutton

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