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Philip Brunelle - Copland: The Tender Land [2 CD] (1992) (LOSSLESS)

Artist: Philip Brunelle
Title Of Album: Copland: The Tender Land
Year Of Release: 1992
Label: Virgin
Genre: Classical, Opera
Quality: APE (Image+.cue)
Bitrate: Lossless
Total: 01:46:35 min
Total Size: 478 mb
Website: amazon

Aaron Copland didn't have the theatrical instinct of a George Gershwin or even a Gian Carlo Menotti, but that didn't keep him from writing one of the best operas we have in the "American" vein. The Tender Land was composed in 1953 on a commission from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II--who since the premiere of Oklahoma! 10 years earlier could afford such largesse--and received its premiere on April 1, 1954 at the City Center in New York. Concerning a girl transformed into a young woman by her first experience of love, The Tender Land is set in the American Midwest during the 1930s. The libretto by Horace Everett (a pseudonym of Erik Johns) was inspired by photographs taken by Walker Evans of a rural, Depression-era mother and her daughter that had appeared in James Agee's book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. The music is cut from the same cloth as that of Appalachian Spring--the melodic, easygoing, folkish vein that Copland could manage about as easily as breathing. Lightly scored (calling for winds and brass in twos) and with spoken dialogue in the style of the musical stage, the score has come to be regarded as one of Copland's finest, as he himself believed it to be. You couldn't get a more authentic cast than the one heard here, consisting entirely of good American singers whose delivery is appropriately nonoperatic, and including Minnesota native Elisabeth Comeaux in the central role of Laurie. Philip Brunelle leads the forces of the Minnesota-based Plymouth Music Series in an idiomatic if slightly underpowered performance that comes from the Heartland and goes straight to the heart. --Ted Libbey

CD I - 42:23
1. Prelude 0:45
2. Scene 1: The Front Yard Of The Moss Home 1:18
3. 'Two Little Bits Of Metal' 1:06
4. The Arrival Of The Postman 6:16
5. Scene 2: Opening The Package 0:50
6. 'This Is Like The Dress I Never Had' 1:59
7. Dance And Exit 1:23
8. Scene 3: Laurie's Entrance: 'Once I Thought I'd Never Grow 3:34
9. Ma's Entrance 1:59
10. 'Remember The Boy That Used To Call'; Ma's Exit 3:18
11. Scene 4: Entrance Of Martin And Top 2:14
12. Martin And Top Enter The Farmyard 2:04
13. Duet: 'We've Been North' 2:16
14. Grandpa Meets The Boys 1:50
15. Trio: 'A Stranger May Seem Strange That's True' 1:47
16. Interlude - Martin And Top Make Horseplay 0:26
17. Scene 5: The Invitation 3:58
18. Quintet - 'The Promise Of Living' 5:20

CD II - 64:12
1. Act 2, Scene 1: The Graduation Eve Supper 0:21
2. The Supper Ends 0:57
3. Grandpa's Toast: 'Try Makin' Peace' 1:59
4. Laurie's reply: 'Thank You, Thank You All' 3:34
5. The Invitaition To Dance 0:45
6. The Dance: 'Stomp Your Foot Upon The Floor' 3:12
7. Scene 2: Dance Music And Dialogue 2:25
8. Scene 3: Party Music Back In The House 0:20
9. Top's Song: 'Oh, I Was Goin' A-Courtin' 1:43
10. The Dancing Resumes 1:06
11. Duet: 'You Dance Real Well' 2:49
12. 'Laurie...You Know, Laurie' 2:59
13. Duet: 'In Love? In Love?' 1:47
14. 'The Tender Land' 2:36
15. Scene 4: Grandpa's Confrontation 4:26
16. Party Farewell 2:43
17. Act Three: Introduction 0:45
18. Scene 1: Entr'acte 1:19
19. Duet: 'Laurie, Laurie...' 7:00
20. Martin Alone: 'Daylight Will Come In Such Short Time' 2:59
21. Dialogue 0:58
22. Top's Aria: 'That's Crazy' And Exit Of Martin And Top' 3:29
23. Scene 2: Interlude: Daybreak 1:20
24. 'The Sun Is Coming Up' 2:47
25. Laurie's Farewell 5:21
26. 'All Thinking's Done' 4:28
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