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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released January 1, 1990 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released September 17, 1990 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released March 1, 1991 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released March 1, 1991 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released February 1, 1993 | Living Stereo

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released February 1, 1993 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released February 5, 1993 | Living Stereo

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Stereophile: Record To Die For
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Classical - Released February 16, 1993 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released March 11, 1993 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released April 12, 1993 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released May 10, 1993 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released May 10, 1993 | Living Stereo

Pops Roundup presents a Walt Disney view of the west in which soaring strings and horns evoke images from western movies rather than the actual west. The dynamic music features all-new arrangements of classic western songs as well as themes from television, films, and Broadway shows. Woodblocks create the clippity-clop of horses' hooves, and other uncommon (for an orchestra) instruments such as harmonica and accordion crop up in places. An array of odd sounds, from whistles to gunshots, add to the strong visual quality of the music. Two long medleys of western television themes and fiddle reels bookend the album, with the latter receiving a positively whimsical interpretation. Pops Roundup is a soundtrack in search of a motion picture, and will give western film enthusiasts a serious case of deja vu. The CD reissue adds six bonus tracks. © Greg Adams /TiVo
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Classical - Released May 10, 1993 | Living Stereo

Is it subtle? No. Is it nuanced? No. Is it sweet and tender or demur and lovely? No, no, no, and no. Why should it be? How could it be? After all, the music on this disc is Copland's rough, tough, and ready-for-action Billy the Kid and Rodeo Suites coupled with Grofé's big, bold, and exceedingly blunt Grand Canyon Suite: why should it be anything but large and loud and colorful and characterful? And, after all, the performances are by Morton Gould -- a conductor of considerable skill and unbridled enthusiasm -- and the ensemble known as His Orchestra -- a band of hot-shot New York studio players of consummate technique and unrestrained attitude: why should it be anything but adroit and polished and powerful and passionate? And, most of all, the original recordings were taped by John Pfeiffer (with Joseph Habig in the Grofé) for RCA's Living Stereo series and more vivid and immediate recordings would be hard to imagine -- although some early Black Sabbath records do come close. For listeners who look forward to being knocked into the middle of next week, this disc can't be beat. The inclusion of the Waltz from the complete Billy the Kid ballet is a welcome bonus. © TiVo
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Pop - Released May 10, 1993 | Living Stereo

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Classical - Released May 11, 1993 | Living Stereo

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
While there are plenty of other dandy recordings of Copland's populist magnum opus Appalachian Spring, this 1959 recording may be the one to get if you're getting only one. For one thing, it has Copland conducting, and while he was not the world's greatest conductor, he was the world's greatest authority on his own music and it shows in his conducting, which, for all its lack of experience and technique, is unsurpassed in insight and lucidity. More to the point, he was the world's greatest admirer of his own music and it shows in his interpretation, which for all its tendency toward sentimentality, is unequaled in affection and sympathy. Plus, Copland is immeasurably helped by the unrivaled playing of the Boston Symphony, which not only plays with more beauty of tone and strength of purpose than it had in the past 50 years, it plays with nearly as much affection and sympathy for the music as Copland himself. Furthermore, RCA's "Living Stereo" sound is every bit as warm and rich and detailed as the best recordings made in the past 50 years. The other music on the disc -- Copland's dappled yellow and brown The Tender Land Suite, Morton Gould's blood-red New England Elektra Fall River Legend, plus Gould's two south of the border encores Tango and Guaracha -- is dandy, but Copland's own 1959 Appalachian Spring is the dandiest. © TiVo
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Classical - Released May 11, 1993 | Living Stereo