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Various Artists / American Masters: Samuel Barber / Aaron Copland
Album:American Masters: Samuel Barber / Aaron Copland Collection:Classical
Artist:Various Artists Added:03/2016
Label:Excelsior Records 

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Album Review
Larry Koran
Reviewed 2016-03-30 
Samuel Barber’s (1910-1981) Overture to “The School for Scandal” was his prize-winning graduation thesis from the Curtis Institute in 1932. It reflects the comedic spirit of Richard Sheridan’s 1777 play of that name. Barber’s Symphony No. 1 is based on three themes, the 1st a bit self-questioning, the 2nd quietly declamatory, the 3rd conveying resignation. His Adagio for Strings, beautiful, elegiac and haunting, is his most popular work. Buckaroo Holiday by Aaron Copland (1900-1990) opens the ballet “Rodeo” with a grand fanfare followed by the quiet Cowgirl’s theme, followed by the Rodeo theme evoking trotting horses. Hoe-Down uses the folk tune “Bonaparte’s Retreat” to set the dancers into high-spirited, joyous motion. Copland incorporated familiar Western tunes in his score for “Billy the Kid.”

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Barber, Samuel Overture To "The School For Scandal," Op. 5
2.Barber, Samuel Symphonies, No. 1 In One Movement, Op. 9
3.Barber, Samuel Adagio For Strings (From The String Quartet, Op. 11)
4.Copland, Aaron Dance Episodes From The Ballet “Rodeo”: Buckaroo Holiday
5.Copland, Aaron Dance Episodes From The Ballet “Rodeo”: Hoe-Down
6.Copland, Aaron “Billy The Kid” (Ballet Suite)