Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin

Copland: Danzón Cubano; Billy the Kid; Appalachian Spring; Fanfare for the Common Man; Rodeo; El Salón Mexico; The Red Pony - Suite; Dance Symphony

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AllMusic Review by Mike D. Brownell

EMI has really found a great formula for the creation of a good compilation album. Rather than relying on a smattering of mediocre performances of individual movements, EMI puts together two CDs of generally great performances of entire works, giving a much more complete and varied look at a composer's oeuvre. This collection of Copland focuses largely on music composed originally for the ballet. The music from Billy the Kid, one of Copland's earlier works, is infused with quotations of "Cowboy Songs" and western "sound effects" that only a composer like Copland could successfully pull off while maintaining the work's integrity as art music. A strong performance by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin only serves to highlight the idiomatic characteristics of the suite. St. Louis offers similarly masterful performances of two other ballet suites: Appalachian Spring and Rodeo. Also on the disc are vibrant displays by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra under Eduardo Mata performing the Danzón Cubano and El salón México. The only disappointing, lackluster track is the Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Mexico performing what might be one of Copland's most recognizable compositions: Fanfare for the Common Man. The execution is simply too straightlaced and safe. Apart from that, this album would make an excellent introduction to this great American composer.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 08:05 Amazon
Billy the Kid, ballet
2 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 03:33 Amazon
3 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 03:06 Amazon
4 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 06:57 Amazon
5 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 03:16 Amazon
6 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 02:21 Amazon
7 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 03:00 Amazon
8 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 01:36 Amazon
9 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 04:56 Amazon
10 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 01:22 Amazon
11 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 02:24 Amazon
Appalachian Spring, concert suite for full orchestra
12 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 03:32 Amazon
13 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 02:51 Amazon
14 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 04:25 Amazon
15 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 04:28 Amazon
16 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 02:46 Amazon
17 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 03:22 Amazon
18 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 11:28 Amazon
19 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 03:48 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 03:45 Amazon
Rodeo, selections from the ballet (including "Four Dance Episodes")
2 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 07:11 Amazon
3 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 03:30 Amazon
4 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 07:54 Amazon
5 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 04:18 Amazon
6 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 10:56 Amazon
The Red Pony, suite for orchestra
7 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 04:39 Amazon
8 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 05:15 Amazon
9 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 02:17 Amazon
10 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 01:42 Amazon
11 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 02:53 Amazon
12 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 04:25 Amazon
13 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 03:04 Amazon
Dance Symphony, for orchestra
14 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 06:46 Amazon
15 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 05:05 Amazon
16 Enrique Bátiz / Eduardo Mata / Leonard Slatkin 05:09 Amazon
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