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BBC Philharmonic - Discovering Copland

Friday November 17, 2017 at 19:30
Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham
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  1. Corral Nocturne, from Rodeo - Aaron Copland
  2. Symphony No 3 - Aaron Copland

If ever there was a composer who embodied America, its wide-open spaces and pioneering spirit, then it must be Aaron Copland, even if his Socialist sympathies made him a target of the McCarthyite witch hunts of the 1950s. This concert offers the chance to explore his expansive soundscapes with accessible, insightful introductions from broadcaster Stephen Johnson and idiomatic performances from conductor John Wilson, whose recent recordings of Copland’s music have been widely praised.

The Corral Nocturne from Copland’s 1942 ballet Rodeo provides a reflective entrée to his most ambitious symphonic statement. Commissioned by conductor Serge Koussevitsky in memory of his wife, the 1944 Third Symphony is both broadly lyrical and brassily extrovert. Drawing on the traditional song forms that inspired his earlier ballets, Copland transforms his simple materials into some of the most impressive musical panoramas heard in the twentieth century, ending with unquenchable optimism as his Fanfare for the Common Man blazes its trail through the finale.

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