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Christian Hoskins
Gramophone, December 2018

COPLAND, A.: Fanfare for the Common Man / El salón México / Clarinet Concerto (Goodman, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Copland) (NTSC) 2.110397 
COPLAND, A.: Fanfare for the Common Man / El salón México / Clarinet Concerto (Goodman, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Copland) (Blu-ray, HD) NBD0068V

Watching the 75-year-old Copland conducting his own music with such obvious enjoyment is a pleasure in itself, but what makes this video special is the performance of the unjustly neglected Suite from The Tender Land, music of entrancing radiance, warmth and humanity. © 2018 Gramophone

James A. Altena
Fanfare, July 2018

Copland is obviously enjoying himself to the hilt, beaming smiles right and left; the orchestra and chorus play and sing well (and so does Goodman, of course) and have excellent sonic and visual recording quality for their vintage. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review

Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, July 2018

He [Copland] conducts the orchestra with low-key movements, but definitely knows what he wants from the performers. Goodman plays expertly.

Naxos has done an excellent job restoring the original video tapes… The excellent video direction is by Kirk Browning. The 2.0 PCM stereo is very good. © 2018 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Uwe Krusch
Pizzicato, May 2018

A concert recording shows Aaron Copland as conductor of own works. Besides his famous Fanfare for the Common Man the Clarinet Concerto with Benny Goodman as soloist deserves special attention. With excellent performances, the video focusses on the performing musician, not offering further content. © 2018 Pizzicato

Christian Hoskins
Gramophone, May 2018

Copland was 75 when this short but attractive concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic was filmed for the long-running PBS arts series Great Performances. The video shows Copland as a precise, energetic and alert conductor, smiling happily at the orchestra after each piece and enjoying himself enormously in the performance of the Hoedown from the ballet Rodeo. It’s a great watch, and a rewarding listen as well. © 2018 Gramophone Read complete review

Robert Benson, May 2018

On an unspecified date in 1976 there was a special concert in the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Music Center of music of Aaron Copland. The composer conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic assisted by the Los Angeles Master Chorale directed by Roger Wagner, and Benny Goodman was soloist in the clarinet concerto. The program featured Copland’s favorites, as listed above, and all were given delightful performances under the composer’s direction. Kirk Browning provides splendid video and it is a pleasure to observe Copland leading his own music. This has been shown on public TV and now we can experience it at home on this Blu Ray disk. Excellent stereo audio © 2018

David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2018

Described as “the Dean of American composers’, Aaron Copland is here filmed conducting a programme of his works in a 1976 public concert in Los Angeles. Certainly by that time he had become internationally recognised as pre-eminent among those working in the United States in the Twentieth century, and by the time this film was made he had also created a secondary career as a conductor and teacher. He had an easy presence on the rostrum, totally free of histrionics while getting a ready response from the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I guess the timpanist would have liked a retake of the opening Fanfare for the Common Man where he had intonation problems, but elsewhere the orchestra are immaculate, Copland’s face displaying his total pleasure in each of the performances. He provides idiomatic tempos for his tribute to Mexican popular music in El Salon Mexico, while the Hoe-Down from the ballet Rodeo is full of Americana. The release is doubly valuable in having Benny Goodman as the outstanding soloist in the Clarinet Concerto, a work he commissioned from Copland in 1948, the score a mix of creamy melody and a few passages of solo virtuosity. The opera, The Tender Land, has hardly been performed outside of the United States, so it is valuable to have the suite he drew from it, though the need for a chorus will no doubt preclude it from frequent appearances in concert programmes. The recorded sound is very good for that period, with a reasonably good internal balance, while visually it has sharp-edged colours. You will, however, on a wide-screen televisions have black bands at each side of the picture. © 2018 David’s Review Corner

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