Copland - Billy the Kid (complete), Grohg | Naxos - American Classics 8559862

Copland - Billy the Kid (complete), Grohg


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Label: Naxos - American Classics

Cat No: 8559862

Barcode: 0636943986226

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Ballet

Release Date: 8th March 2019



Detroit Symphony Orchestra


Leonard Slatkin


Copland, Aaron

Billy the Kid
Grohg: ballet in one act


Detroit Symphony Orchestra


Leonard Slatkin


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.

This is the third instalment in Leonard Slatkin’s cycle of Copland’s ballet works with the Detroit Symphony. The first release was the complete recording of Rodeo, with Dance Panels, El Salón México and Danzón Cubano, available on 8559758 (also released in Blu-ray Audio – NBD0037). It was a MusicWeb International ‘Recording of the Year’ (2013) and also received 5 stars from Pizzicato: ‘Leonard Slatkin is a master when it comes to [creating] a real musical atmosphere … magnificently played by the Detroit Symphony…’

The second volume – Appalachian Spring and Hear Ye! Hear Ye! (8559806) – was an Editor’s Choice: ‘The Detroit Symphony Orchestra gives Slatkin emotionally appropriate performances of both works, emphasizing the gritty urban ambience in Hear Ye! Hear Ye! and the naive sweetness of Appalachian Spring, all the while communicating Copland’s special style of Americana without caricature.’

Leonard Slatkin and the DSO has also recorded Copland’s Third Symphony (in its full version) and Three Latin American Sketches (8559844). It received nominations in the 2017 Grammy and International Classical Music Awards. It is also a BBC Music Magazine ‘Orchestral Choice’, and American Record Guide Critic’s Choice: ‘The Detroit performance is magnificent and will go to the top of many Copland Third lists. It is powerful and squared off in a good way, with inspired playing by the Detroit Symphony and sound to kill for.’

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