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Andrew Druckenbrod
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 2003

"The ultimate American composer is represented here in the pure Americana of 'Appalachian Spring' and the avant-garde yet lush splendor of the Clarinet Concerto. Critic's Pick"



Nick Bailey
Classic FM, April 2003

"This is the latest addition to the splendid series of American Classics brought out by Naxos, which cleverly combines very well known works with rarities. While in Acapulco in the late 1950s Copland wrote two short works Mexican Landscape and Dance of Jalisco, and some years later added Estribillo to make up his Three Latin American Sketches. They make for pleasant listening and are not dissimilar in parts to his El Salon Mexico. Quiet City, on the other hand, written as accidental music to a play, is more the Copland we know."




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com

"Copland's music is full of complex rhythms, often combining them with stratospheric violin writing. At such moments as the "Danza de Jalisco" from Three Latin American Sketches, or the initial allegro of Appalachian Spring, the Nashville players offer impressive accuracy of both rhythm and pitch. Quiet City benefits from some smooth-as-silk trumpeting from Scott Moore, while Laura Arden (principal clarinet with the Atlanta Symphony) turns in a masterful performance of the Clarinet Concerto. She commands a lovely, liquid tone in the lyrical opening movement (her pianissimo playing at the end is exquisite) and captures the finale's jazz elements without ever turning raucous.

Gambill conducts the Appalachian Spring as well as anyone ever has; he's particularly adept at sustaining the flow of the slower sections without letting the music sag, and he gets an astonishingly full sound from his ensemble. Sonics of ideal transparency and presence set the seal on a disc that's practically perfect from just about any perspective."



Gary Higginson
MusicWeb International

"In many ways this is a typical Naxos disc. Four standard works, repertoire pieces in fine and idiomatic performances, all beautifully recorded by a lesser known orchestra or ensemble. If you are new to Copland then this is a very good place to start.

Booklet notes by and biographies by Viola Roth are helpful and clear, and the acoustic and recording unproblematic."






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