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Saturday, July 5, 2014 Permalink

The American Connection

Uncle Sam goes t work in World War Two


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.



CD Title


Catalog #


Appalachian Spring [for opening only]

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein

Deutsche Grammophon413 324-2


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


Portraits of Freedom [for American Creed]

Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz

Delos DE 3140


Copland Orchestral Works [for A Lincoln Portrait. track 10 & Appalachian Spring, tracks 8-9]

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta; Gregory Peck

London 448 261-2


Hanson Conducts Ives, Schuman & Mennin [for New England Triptych: Chester]

Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, Howard Hanson

Mercury Living Presence 432 755-2


American Masters 2 [for Blitzstein Airborne Symphony]

New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Sony 5MK 61849


The Testament of Freedom

Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, New York Choral Society; Richard Auldon Clark

Koch Int'l Classics 3-7283-2 H1