BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, John Wilson – Copland- Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 – Ballets (2016)
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That Aaron Copland’s ballet ” Hear Ye! Hear Ye!”(1934), could be due to the rather dry subject: a trial for murder in a nightclub. “Appalachian Spring” with its scenes from rural Pennsylvania is more tranquil. His music, which programmatically evokes a new simplicity, has made this ballet a success. In ” Hear Ye!”on the other hand, there is” big city music ” to be heard with a number of references to contemporary light music, especially swing.
Huster and background noises suggest that the recordings from Detroit are concert recordings — which could explain that ” Hear Ye!”not everything is running smoothly and minor inaccuracies have crept in. There is little to complain about Slatkin’s interpretations, in which the gestural quality of the music has great weight, although Bernstein has kindled even more visionary fire in the “Appalachian Spring”.
With this ballet in the ear, the edgy modernist of the “Short Symphony” or the “Symphony for Organ and Orchestra”, oriented to the style of the French group “Les Six”, sound quite unexpected. Together with other symphonic works from Copland’s early creative period, including the rarely heard “Symphonic Ode”, John Wilson and the BBC Philharmonic have recorded these symphonies breathtakingly effective, colourful and bursting with energy. Electrifying the complex rhythm of the “Ode”, for example, which is confidently realized by Wilson. But the sinistre tone of the “Prelude” from the organ symphony is also excellent. The musicians are supported by a formidable sound technique.