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COPLAND: The Tender Land Suite / Piano Concerto / Old American Songs (arr. for chorus)

Composer(s):Copland, Aaron
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SecularConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.559297
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Aaron Copland’s little-known opera The Tender Land takes place on a farm in the American South during the Depression. The composer later wrote, “I was trying to give young American singers material that they do not often get in the opera house... The result was closer to musical comedy than grand opera.” The suite that Copland extracted from The Tender Landis in three movements, with the second and third linked without pause. The 1926 Piano Concerto, like Gershwin’s Concerto of the previous year, is a 1920s “New York” piece – brassy, exuberant, ever confident in its bluesy swagger. Copland composed two sets of Old American Songs, originally for voice and piano but heard here



Review By Bill Gowen,The Beacon-News,May 2008

Already the fastest-growing regional orchestra in the United States, the Elgin Symphony Orchestra will make a quantum leap Tuesday with the release of its first commercially recorded compact disc.

And it’s for none other than Naxos, which, since its founding in 1987, has become the world’s best-selling classical music label. The ESO’s disc, part of Naxos’ critically acclaimed “American Classics” series, contains music by Aaron Copland (1900–90).


Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2008

Internationally unknown, the Elgin Symphony here add to the CD catalogue a disc of Copland that is of outstanding quality. Headed by Robert Hanson, their conductor for the past 34 years, the performance of the suite from the opera,The Tender Land, could hardly sound more American, the amount of inner detail revealed and the beauty of the playing more than rivalling their famous named counterparts. They have a lovely woodwind section, a solo horn that is a class act, with the playing of the whole orchestra of heartwarming elegance. When Copland asks for an outgoing show of brilliance, the Elgin provide it in abundance. The sleeve note writer reminds us that the audience at the premiere of the Piano Concerto thought it to be some kind of sick joke. Now a respected part



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