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COMPOSERS: Copland/Gould
LABELS: BMG Composers Conduct
WORKS: Appalachian Spring; The Tender Land Suite; Fall River Legend; Latin-American Symphonette
PERFORMER: Boston SO/Aaron Copland; Morton Gould and his Orchestra
CATALOGUE NO: 09026 61505 2 ADD (1959/60)
Copland’s first commercial recording of Appalachian Spring boasts brilliant playing from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, with vivid characterisation of the score’s contrasting sections. The lyrical Tender Land Suite operates at a lower level of musical intensity, though it too sounds immeasurably superior to Morton Gould’s affable if rather derivative music. Erik Levi