The Best of Aaron Copland

CBS Classics 61431

This is a little unexpected – you don’t see many “Best Of” albums in the classical world.

It opens, of course, with Fanfare For The Common Man. I can’t hear the start of it without expecting it to burst into the bass-driven Emerson Lake and Palmer version. Which is probably heresy, but that’s my rock background for you.

The rest of it (El Salon Mexico, Celebration from “Billy The Kid”, Hoe Down from “Rodeo”) is all quite listenable.
The B side is Apalachian Spring –

So yes, we’ll be keeping it.

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