Robert Spano conducts Appalachian Spring, Aaron Copland's classic ode to the American frontier. Set beneath rugged vistas and wide-open spaces,Appalachian Springcaptures a pioneering spirit, crowned by the iconic--unforgettable--variations on the folk song "simple gifts." Also, experience "one of the great classical artists of his generation at the peak of his ability" [broadstreetreview.com] when Emanuel Ax tackles the broad vistas of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1. A piece that combines pianistic elan with the meatiness of a symphony, the "Brahms First" remains one of the most gratifying and most popular Romantic concertos.