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Copland: Symphony No. 3 / Quiet City CD
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Genre: Classical Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 18-MAY-1990
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This is also Leonard Bernstein in outstanding form. He made a number of excellent recordings later in his life with DG, including this and his Mahler Symphony cycle, and I have yet to hear a bad CD from the lot. Bernstein recorded an earlier Copland Third that is (I believe) presently out as part of the Bernstein Century series on Sony. Both are excellent readings, but if you have to pick one, the later DG wins out.
The addition of Phil Smith, who is in the top handful of trumpeters in the world, playing Copland's beautiful and reflective "Quiet City" makes this hard to turn down. If you are a Copland enthusiast, interested in American music, or simply in search of a beautiful CD, this will not disappoint.
"Quiet City" is also beautifully done, with Bernstein capturing its plaintive, idyllic qualities perfectly. The orchestra has an excellent brass section, and some gorgeous work here just confirms it. The sound quality is excellent, not the least in the gleaming, closing pages of the Third Symphony that may have you cheering. A great document of Bernstein's electricity, a quality that was still present right up until the very end.
His third symphony is one of his most famous works, due to the inclusion of the "Fanfare for the Common Man" in the fourth movement. Originally written as a separate work, the fanfare was conceived to pay tribute to the American soldiers as they were fighting the evil Nazi empire in Europe. The success of this work influenced the composer to reuse the material in his symphony. Although this movement is truly heroic in nature, the climax in the symphony is very varied. The first movement (molto moderato) is a quiet and peaceful one, starting with the strings. The second movement (allegro molto) is a dynamic piece that is close to a scherzo, with a trio. The third movement (andantino quasi allegretto) is a joyful, free-flowing piece conceived with the flute as the center of the piece. The forces of the orchestra are reduced to only the strings and a section of woodwind instruments. It leads without interruption to the fourth movement (Molto deliberato - Allegro risoluto) which comprises the fanfare.Read more ›
So far, I listened to both Sony's and Grammophon's third symphony by Copland, performed by Lenny with the New York Phil. Both CDs are truly excellent, and shows the powerful aspect of Lenny, but I love the DG's recording better. The Sony one does sound brilliant, but the DG one sounds even better, and bit more triumphant and moving in the finale.
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This recording is a rich assembly of the many pieces Aaron Copland has written. Leonard Bernstein's conducting make the music a treat for your ears and your heart.Published 22 months ago by Patricia S. Orlinski
A fine American composer, a fine American conductor, and a fine American symphony orchestra. To tell the truth, this sort of thing gets my patriotic juices going more than an... Read morePublished on June 11, 2014 by Dr. Curmudgeon
This was such a good piece of music written by one of our best American composers & played by Lenny Bernstein of the NY Philarmonic. Absolutely love this!Published on April 10, 2014 by sandy k