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COPLAND: Prairie Journal / The Red Pony Suite / Letter from Home

Composer(s):Copland, Aaron
Artist(s) Falletta, JoAnn, Conductor • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559240
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This Copland collection is devoted specifically to works inspired by the spacious landscape of the American prairie. The Suite for the 1948 film of John Steinbeck’s novel The Red Pony, depicts life on a ranch in California. The composer described the music as ‘folkish’, although the themes are all original. The second of Copland’s ‘cowboy ballets’, Rodeo, about the desperate attempts of a cowgirl to become a ranch cowhand, quotes a variety of American folk-tunes, and includes the irrepressible Hoe Down. Prairie Journal offers a vivid sonic evocation of life on a western range, while Letter from Home, completed during the peak of World War II, beautifully conjures the feelings of nostalgia one might experience at a far-away army camp.


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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

A Copland collection not to be missed, for it contains much rare and inspired music, notably the nostalgic wartime Letter from Home and Prairie Journal, commissioned by the Columbia Broadcasting Network in 1936, predating Billy the Kid and Rodeo, and just as evocative of the Western landscapes. But even more valuable is Copland’s enchanting score for the 1948 film of John Steinbeck’s The Red Pony about life on a Californian ranch. The delectably folksy Walk to the Bunkhouse and infinitely touching Grandfather’s Story are alone worth the modest price of this superb disc. JoAnne Falletta is totally in tune with the Copland ethos and the excellent Buffalo Philharmonic play all this music with a natural understanding

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