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Copland the Modernist - Garrick Ohlsson (piano); San Francisco Symphony; Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)
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  1. Piano Concerto
  2. Orchestral Variations, for orchestra (based on Piano Variations)
  3. Symphony No. 2 ("Short Symphony")
  4. Symphonic Ode, for orchestra

Aaron Copland may well be the best-known, the most loved, and the all-around greatest of twentieth century American composers, but his music from the '20s and '30s is still relatively unknown, still relatively unloved, and of still questionable greatness. Was Copland the Modernist too far out to connect to a big audience so he re-created himself as Copland the Populist to become the best-known, most loved, and greatest American composer? But was his Piano Concerto from 1926 really too jazzy and vulgar, his Symphonic Ode ...