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COPLAND, A.: Symphony No. 3 / Billy the Kid Suite (New Zealand Symphony, Judd)

Composer(s):Copland, Aaron
Artist(s) Judd, James, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559106
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Steve Vasta,CDNow,

"One needn't make allowances for this performance's super-budget price. James Judd has the full measure of the Symphony's variegated moods and colors: the eerie, questing undertones after the first movement's big climax; the strings' aching lyricism in the scherzo; the expansive "Fanfare for the Common Man" theme vividly playing against faster, more pressing motifs in the finale. And in a piece that isn't really standard fare even among American orchestras, Judd has the New Zealanders playing capably and confidently. Full-throated unison horns launch the scherzo, whose middle section features a plaintive oboe; the brasses are light and dancey in the finale. Only the high, transparent bits of the Andantino betray tentativeness: the violins carefully, conscientiously "place" each


Review By Lawrence Budmen,Coral Gables Gazette,July 2003

"This score is moving and powerful - Copland at his very best. Music lovers who have missed James Judd's brilliant music making with the Florida Philharmonic can enjoy his splendid work on this new recording. Judd leads a stirring, eloquent performance with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (of which he is music director). The string and wind playing is sweet toned and beautiful and the brass and percussion playing really has sonic impact. This outstanding performance is fully equal to the famous recordings by Copland and Leonard Bernstein and is superior to Eiji Oue's recent fine sounding account. As a bonus, the CD also contains a surprisingly subtle and idiomatic rendition of the Suite from Copland's 1938 ballet score 'Billy the Kid."


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