Copland Symphony for Organ and Orchestra; Orchestral Variations; Short Symphony; Symphonic Ode
BBC Philharmonic/John Wilson; Jonathan Scott (organ)
Chandos CHSA 5171 (hybrid CD/SACD)
Reviewed November 2016
A timely reminder of how rigorous Copland was as an orchestral composer. John Wilson well understands the tension in this music between Copland’s American ambitions and his European training. So jazzy syncopations sit alongside whiplash Stravinskian rhythms, while American optimism is tempered by darker European thoughts in, say, the Short Symphony written in the early 1930s.
Audio clip: Subito doppio movimento and Più mosso (molto ritmico) from Symphonic Ode