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Saturday, July 4, 2015 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.

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

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