“Father Copland” – An album about and dedicated to the American composer Aaron Copland
With their new album "Father Copland", the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn follows the tracks of the USA and at the same time, those of its Chief Conductor Case Scaglione. Together with the extremely well-known soloists Céline Moinet, Sebastian Manz and Wolfgang Bauer, the orchestra has recorded three great works by the American composer: Appalachian Spring, Quiet City and the Clarinet Concerto.
“He is the American west. He is the heartbeat of New York. He is the musical voice of a nation,” wrote Leonard Slatkin in October 2000 of Aaron Copland. Marking the then imminent hundredth birthday of the composer, the Californian conductor went into raptures: “Copland is more than just a figure of American musical history. He stands as a pioneer in a country of innovators.” He went on to say that the pioneer Copland was therefore more important than Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, George Gershwin, even more important than his junior (whom Copland had been friends with since student days in Harvard), Leonard Bernstein. A real father figure therefore.