ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS LP APC-029: COPLAND & MENOTTI - Piano Concs
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Background on this item -
COPLAND: Piano Concerto
MENOTTI: Piano Concerto in F
Earl Wild, piano; Jorge Mester (Menotti), Aaron Copland (Copland), Symphony of the Air
Analogue Productions APC 029 (LP). Seymour Solomon, prod.; Jack Bryant, Ed Fiedner, engs.; Doug Sax, Gavin Lurssen, Ron Lewter. remastering engs. AAA. TT: 49:23

Neither the Copland nor the Menotti has been recorded very frequently. Don't take the paucity of recordings as an indictment of the works; while they may not scale the Olympian heights of the "Emperor," they're charmingly brash and idiomatic. It's hard to imagine them receiving a more sympathetic reading than Wild's—his prodigious technique and easy mastery of the scores' jazz and popular elements reveal how attuned he was to their demands. While he does emphasize their inherent vigor, he never descends into coarseness, playing always with delicacy and precision.

The recording tends to highlight the piano a tad too prominently, a common failing in concerto recordings—many engineers can't resist the compulsion to focus on the soloist as the star, rather than charting the far more interesting conversation between soloist and orchestra. That cavil aside, this disc is a stunner. There is phenomenally deep bass—particularly the bass drum in the Copland—wide soundstaging, and exemplary center-fill chock-full of depth and delicate decay. Kudos to AP for reviving these engaging works in most wondrous performances. - Stereophile

Of special interest is the participation of Aaron Copland as conductor of his own concerto. Together with Earl Wild and the fine Symphony of the Air (formerly Toscanini's NBC Symphony), the composer has left us with a definitive recording of the work. A disc no collector will pass up, the disc-mate is the otherwise unavailable piano concerto of Gian Carlo Menotti, one of the composer's most beautiful and haunting works. Menotti: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F (Mester conducting). Earl Wild, piano; The Symphony Of The Air.. Menotti's concerto received a brilliant recording in 1961 on the Vanguard label... It has just been reissued and remastered with startling sound quality. "Copland has recorded his Piano Concerto at least twice, once for CBS as soloist (with Leonard Bernstein conducting), and here for Vanguard in the role of conductor. In the absence from the catalogue of the CBS version - in which the composer is freer and more persuasive in the passages influenced by jazz -- this one with Earl Wild, a powerful soloist is very recommendable, and the recording is first-rate, hardly showing its age." -- Penguin Record Guide

This title has been deleted and is therefore no longer available and out of print.
APO LP issued in 1995

ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS Records LP - ?? record labels with ?? lettering - LP is SEALED, see pictures
Record Made in the USA - on limited edition, 180-gram vinyl - each LP is NUMBERED
Pressing is in STEREO
Record Speed: 33 1/3 rpm
Record Made in: 1995
Record Catalog Number: APC 029
Mastered by “The Mastering Lab” with tube electronics by Doug Sax et al
Licensed from the original VANGUARD CLASSICS label - issued recordings on LP in 1961

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP title featuring -

Aaron COPLAND // Gian Carlo MENOTTI

Performers on this title include -
Earl Wild, piano
Aaron Copland, conductor (Copland)
Jorge Mester, conductor (Menotti)
Symphony Of The Air

Title / Music on this item -
COPLAND / MENOTTI - Piano Concertos - Earl WILD, piano

Tracks -
1. Menotti: Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra
2. Copland: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra

CONDITION Details:
LP JACKET:
The LP jacket is in FACTORY SEALED and in MINT condition. The jacket and outer wrap are completely intact, with NO tears or seam splits. The jacket shows only some mild shelf wear - primarily slight rounding, bending of corners - see pictures.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is assumed to be in MINT condition as the item is FACTORY SEALED!

As for any record, even brand new ones, for best results we recommend a thorough record cleaning before playing!

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: APO LP APC 029 SS
  • Manufacturer: Analogue Productions
  • Condition: New

ANALOGUE PRODUCTIONS LP APC-029: COPLAND & MENOTTI - Piano Concs

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