Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Copland Clarinet Concerto: Benny Goodman



This is Benny Goodman playing the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Aaron Copland conducting, 1976. Goodman commissioned Copland to write a concerto for clarinet in 1947, and he first performed the piece on an NBC radio broadcast with the NBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Fritz Reiner, on November 6, 1950. (You might also want to hear, for the sake of comparison, the Mozart Clarinet Concerto performed here by Martin Fröst with  German Radio Philharmonic, Christoph Poppen, conductor.

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