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The Tender Land Suite / Piano Concerto / Old American Songs
Naxos 8.559297


Composer: Aaron Copland

Lyricist: Robert Lowry

Conductor: Robert Hanson

Orchestra: Elgin Symphony Orchestra

Choir: St. Charles Singers

Artists: Jeffrey Hunt, Benjamin Pasternack, Nathaniel Stampley


Aaron Copland's little-known opera The Tender Land takes place on
a farm in the American South during the Depression. The composer later wrote,
“I was trying to give young American singers material that they do not often
get in the opera house… The result was closer to musical comedy than grand
opera.” The suite that Copland extracted from The Tender Land is in
three movements, with the second and third linked without pause. The
1926 Piano Concerto, like Gershwin's Con­cert­o of the
previous year, is a 1920s “New York” piece - brassy, exuberant, ever
confident in its bluesy swagger. Copland composed two sets of Old American
Songs, originally for voice and piano but heard here transcribed for chorus
and orchestra.

The Tender Land Suite / Piano Concerto / Old American
Songs Review

No matter how definitive some recordings of certain works may be, it is
absolutely necessary for new recordings of those works to be added to the
catalog in order for music to stay alive in the hearts and minds of listeners.
In the case of this Naxos disc with Robert Hanson leading the Elgin Symphony
Orchestra in works by American composer Aaron Copland, the definitive recordings
come from the composer himself, who taped all the works included here either for
RCA or

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