Slatkin: Copland - Billy The Kid; Grohg (24/96 FLAC)
Slatkin: Copland – Billy The Kid; Grohg (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Aaron Copland
Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Naxos
Size: 0.97 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Copland: Grohg
I. Introduction & Cortège – Entrance of Grohg
II. Dance of the Adolescent
III. Dance of the Opium-Eater (Visions of Jazz)
IV. Dance of the Street-Walker
V. Imagines the Dead Are Mocking Him
VI. Illumination and Disappearance of Grohg
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin
Recorded: 28-30 November 2014
Recording Venue: Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA

Copland: Billy the Kid
I. Introduction. The Open Prairie
II. Street in a Frontier Town
III. Mexican Dance & Finale
IV. Prairie Night (Card Game at Night)
V. Gun Battle
VIa. Celebration
VIb. Billy in Prison
VIc. Billy in the Desert. Waltz
VIIa. Billy’s Death
VIIb. Billy’s Funeral. Mourning Mexicans
VIII. The Open Prairie Again
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin
Recorded: 23-25 October 2014
Recording Venue: Orchestra Hall, Detroit, USA

Aaron Copland did as much as anyone in establishing American concert music on the world stage, and his ballet scores proved to be among his most important and influential works. Grohg is the most ambitious example of his Parisian years, a precociously brilliant one-act ballet scored for full orchestra, inspired by the silent expressionist film Nosferatu. The first example of Copland’s new ‘Americanized’ music of the 1930s was Billy the Kid, based on the life of the 19th century outlaw and heard here in its full version. This was the first fully fledged American ballet in style and content: brassy, syncopated, filmic and richly folk-flavoured.

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