C1386. AARON COPLAND Cond. Boston S.O.: Rondo arlecchinesco (Busoni); Portals (Ruggles; Variations on a theme by Haydn (Brahms); w.SIDNEY FOSTER: Piano Concerto #3 (Bartók). (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-299, Live Performance, 9 April, 1965, Symphony Hall, Boston. [Never previously issued.] Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"Copland...has never turned out bad work nor worked without an inspiration. His stance is that not only of a professional but also of an artist - responsible, prepared, giving of his best. And if that best is also the best we have, there is every reason to be thankful for its straightforward employment of high gifts. Also, of course, for what is the result of exactly that, 'this simple and great man in our midst'."
- Virgil Thomson, AMERICAN MUSIC SINCE 1910
“To a great extent, Copland seems the product of two milieus: Paris and the United States. The States give him something not always at the front of his conscious mind – an imaginative landscape of expression, more than anything else. Along with George Gershwin, his music conveys the energy of New York and the visual power of skyscrapers (the folk-like Copland comes later). Paris gives him a Stravinskian orientation and technique, as well as an elegance of expression – the ability to say the most with the fewest notes. The same can also be said of his colleagues and fellow Boulangerian alumni Thomson and Piston, although each has his own musical identity.”
- Steve Schwartz, ClassicalNet.com
“With scores like APPALACHIAN SPRING, RODEO, LINCOLN PORTRAIT, and FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN now subsumed into the bedrock of the American consciousness, Copland’s iconic status as musical elder statesman is secure…. each new exposure to Copland’s music is a reminder of how direct, apt and powerful it remains.”
- Patrick Rucker, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Rarely have I encountered a pianist whose art I did not know very well and was supremely fascinated with after hearing his live performances. Sidney Foster spent many years at Indiana University-Bloomington and was responsible for bringing many fine pianists to the fore during his lifetime. As I listened to this pianist, who was a highly sought-after teacher and occasional performer, I thought to myself that if I ever had a gifted child who was bent towards the piano, Sidney Foster would be a great choice for a teacher. Sidney Foster was an impeccable musician, and one whose art has brought great enjoyment to me all these years after these performances were given.”
- Lance G. Hill, The Classical Music Guide Forums
“Each of these disks, from Canadian engineer Yves St Laurent… [feature] St Laurent's natural transfer – made without filtering, like all his dubbings – it is easy to listen to, despite the surface noise.”
- Tully Potter, CLASSICAL RECORD QUARTERLY, Summer, 2011