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Aaron Copland: Symphony No. 3 / Music for a Great City - Leonard Slatkin / Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra


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  • Performer: Aaron Copland, Leonard Slatkin, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
  • Audio CD (October 17, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000003EVO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sym No.3: Molto Moderato
2. Sym No.3: Allegro Molto
3. Sym No.3: Andantino Quasi Allegretto
4. Sym No.3: Molto Deliberato
5. Music For A Great City: Skyline
6. Music For A Great City: Night Thoughts
7. Music For A Great City: Subway Jam
8. Music For A Great City: Toward The Bridge

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Aaron Copland's Symphony 3 (completed in 1946) belongs to a venerable tradition of American symphonies that come out of the basic core of the American experience as pioneered by composers such as Roy Harris, William Schuman, and Howard Hanson. Copland's Third has all the familiar Coplandesque elements, including a powerful exuberance and enthusiasm that seemingly captures the mood of an America coming out of a long war fought for the principles of freedom. Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Orchestra handle these works quite well, but Bernstein's handling of the Third has more sparkle. --Paul Cook

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Erik North on February 3, 2006
It was the Boston Symphony's music director Serge Koussevitsky who commissioned Aaron Copland to write a symphony that would reflect the best of America in the post-World War II world, and the composer complied with what Koussevitsky called "the great American symphony", the Symphony No. 3. And in the catalogue, there have been two great recordings of this piece, which concludes with an appropriation of the composer's beloved "Fanfare For The Common Man." One is Leonard Bernstein's 1985 Deutsche Grammophon recording with his New York Philharmonic. The other is this 1989 recording made by the St. Louis Symphony and its Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin.

As much of an exponent of Copland and American music as Bernstein was, Slatkin gets the most out of this symphony, from its quiet opening to its trumphal finish, and the St. Louis Symphony responds with a great fervor--a hallmark of Slatkin's hugely successful tenure there as music director from 1979 to 1995. The companion piece to the symphony, "Music For A Great City", derived from the composer's score to the 1961 movie SOMETHING WILD, is nothing to sneeze at either, not when it is redolent of the sounds of the Big Apple, and not when an orchestra/conductor combine such as St. Louis and Slatkin do it right. This is one of the greatest recordings of American music made in recent decades, and is strongly recommended for anyone who loves what our nation's musical heritage is all about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Hecht on May 24, 2014
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Sonically clear recordings are expected these days, and this one is no exception, even though it was released long ago on the RCA Red Seal label. What stands out is the performance. The orchestra is tight and together. Compare with the Everest recording, where Copland himself directs the London Symphony. It has great sound, thanks to 35mm recording, but gets into some rhythm see-sawing in the second movement. Bernstein with the NY Phil is really good, too, but for me this Slatkin-led performance is the winner. Highly recommended.
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