New CD of the Week | Copland and Bernstein ballet

Colorado Music Festival Director, Michael Christie, conducts Bernstein's West Side Story at the Aspen Music Festival this week. more here

In tandem, CPR presents a newly re-released, classic 2 CD-set Copland and Bernstein ballet, showcasing iconic dance works by these two musical giants.

Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein were two outstanding American composers who contributed hugely to the musical scene in the USA.  Both wrote ballets that broke new ground: Copland on themes that echoed the vast and lonely expanses of the American prairies, and Bernstein on the hectic life in New York in the middle of the 20th century.  Copland and Bernstein ballet presents complete performances of Copland’s Billy the Kid and Appalachian Spring and Bernstein’s Fancy Free and Facsimile, as well as extracts from other works including Bernstein’s powerful Symphonic Dances from his smash hit musical West Side Story.