20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2006
if you are looking for the ultimate copland 3rd, this has got to be it! i happened to pull it out yesterday from my vast collection and was just so blown away that i had to come on amazon and check out reviews of other 3rds.. the sound is amazing with a natural hall-like perspective with explosive dynamics that will shake the foundation of your house. this is so much better that the NY phil/Bernstein disc!! as much as i do enjoy DSO/Jarvi and Minnesota/Oue, this is it.. great interpretation, gorgeous ensemble playing, and 1st rate sound. you will not be dissapointed!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2011
One of my favorite pieces of music since I was about nine years old. I grew-up listening to the vinyl recording that Copland conducted himself. It isn't on c-d. The fidelity on this recording is wonderful, just like the other reviewers said. I like the pacing better than the Bernstein recording. If you are fond of this symphony go out and buy it for the price of a couple of cups of coffee!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
This is a beautiful recording of the Third Symphony and Music for the Theatre. Each recording has it's own personality and I would say that this one is a little stronger than Eije Owe (Minnesota Orchestra). I couldn't believe the price of the CD and the quality of the sound and performance. You can't go wrong with this.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2013
After reading so many reviews that this is superior to the Bernstein New York Philharmonic DG recording, I maybe expected too much. Yes, Levi's tempi are faster in places, and I like the variety, but I can't say it's better--just an interesting different. Probably the biggest difference is orchestral balance. The Bernstein is brassy and close, like you're on stage with the orchestra. The Levi Atlanta is smoother as though you are in a prime seat in the hall. I happen to prefer the former for Copland's 3rd. Also, the Atlanta upper strings don't quite have of the sparkle of the NYP.
That said, this is a wonderful and worthy recording for ones library and I'm glad I got it. The Music for the Theater is also very nicely interpreted.