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Saturday, September 15, 2018 Permalink

The American Connection

"Serving the Nation," a 1943 calendar painting by Dean Cornwell


It is no coincidence that three of Aaron Copland's most powerful works -- Appalachian Spring, Fanfare for the Common Man, and A Lincoln Portrait -- date from the years of America's engagement in World War II.

In this hour, a celebration of American ideas and ideals by Copland and fellow composers that gave expression to a sense of national character and purpose during wartime.


Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Appalachian Spring[for opening only] Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein Deutsche Grammophon413 324-2 028941332424
The American Album[for Fanfare for the Common Man, track 1, & American Salute, track 2] St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin RCA Red Seal 60778-2-RC 090266077823
Portraits of Freedom[for American Creed] Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz Delos DE 3140 013491314020
Copland Orchestral Works[for Appalachian Spring, tracks 8-9] Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta; Gregory Peck London 448 261-2 028944826128
Hanson Conducts Ives, Schuman & Mennin[for New England Triptych: Chester] Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson Mercury Living Presence 432 755-2 028943275521
American Masters 2 [for Blitzstein Airborne Symphony] New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein Sony 5MK 61849 074646184929
The Testament of Freedom Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, New York Choral Society; Richard Auldon Clark Koch Int'l Classics 3-7283-2 H1  099923728320

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