Copland: Before the LP (1928-1949) | Parnassus PACD96057

Copland: Before the LP (1928-1949)

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Label: Parnassus

Cat No: PACD96057

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 16th June 2017

Contents

Artists

Aaron Copland (piano)
Ivor Karman (violin)
David Freed (cello)
Jacques Gordon (violin)
Ethel Luening (soprano)
Leo Smit (piano)
Louis Kaufman (violin)

Works

Copland, Aaron

Danzon Cubano
Piano Blues (4)
Piano Variations (1930)
Pieces (2) for violin and piano
The Cat and the Mouse: Scherzo humoristique
Violin Sonata
Vitebsk: study on a Jewish theme for violin, cello and piano
Vocalise

Artists

Aaron Copland (piano)
Ivor Karman (violin)
David Freed (cello)
Jacques Gordon (violin)
Ethel Luening (soprano)
Leo Smit (piano)
Louis Kaufman (violin)

About

Aaron Copland was active as a pianist throughout most of his musical career, giving up piano performance only after 1970, when he concentrated on conducting. He continued to record performances of his own music through much of the LP era, although only as a collaborator in chamber works and his Piano Concerto.

The present CD collects for the first time all of Coplandís pre-LP recordings. While most of them have been issued on LP or CD before, they have never all been available in one place. Further, they are now presented in splendid new transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn, who was able to locate copies of all of the originals including the ultra-scarce New Music Quarterly side. The piano roll of The Cat and the Mouse is published in any audio recording for the first time.

Copland said he had never performed any other composerís piano music in public. But his technique was strong enough to support the powerful performance of his Piano Variations and, later, of his Piano Concerto. This restoration of his earlier piano recordings is a valuable document of a major composer showing how his own music should go. His collaborators in these recordings include two major violinists, Jacques Gordon and Louis Kaufman, and Coplandís long-time friend and collaborator, the composer and pianist Leo Smit.

Royalties on this CD are being paid to Copland House, an award-winning creative centre for American music based at Aaron Coplandís National Historic Landmark house near New York City (www.coplandhouse.org).

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