Thursday, March 8, 2012

New York Philharmonic: Copland's Appalachian Spring

The New York Philharmonic Orchestra performs from the first movement of Aaron Copland's orchestra suite, Appalachian Spring, under the baton of Leonard Bernstein, in a quintessential American piece. This is from a 1965 recording. The title comes from a Hart Crane poem, "The Dance," which Copland appended to the work before the premiere in 1944. "Spring" has a double meaning; both are refreshing after a long winter.