Voices, the second volume of a projected three-part series called New York Trio Recordings, reveals that the music of Marc Copland is getting deeper and stronger. Descriptions of Copland’s piano work often mention impressionism, and a concern with texture and mood. Such characterizations are accurate but incomplete. Copland’s music contains complex substance, harmonic erudition, breadth and even velocity. But he builds a unifying, encompassing, rapt lyrical atmosphere when he plays. All his pieces, even fast ones, feel like ballads. All his albums, whether comprised of standards or originals, feel like suites.
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