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Copland: Symphony No.3 [Import]

New York Philharmonic Audio CD
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  • Composer: Aaron Copland
  • Audio CD (5 Oct 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B000001G7A
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony No. 3: 1. Molto moderato
2. Symphony No. 3: 2. Allegro molto
3. Symphony No. 3: 3. Andantino quasi allegretto
4. Symphony No. 3: 4. Molto deliberator (Fanfare) - Allegro risoluto
5. Quiet City

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irresistible... 21 July 2012
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Symphony No3 represents Copland in all his homely yet dramatic glory. This is a piece that typifies a certain stain of Copland's work- that of America the great,of the vast plains,of energy and enterprise,of a folksy simplicity and humility backed up with a sense of optimism and self-respect.An America that will see things through to the end.It may be a composition that works better in particular segments rather then as a whole,but that doesn't stop it from being a wonderfully engaging and stirring creation all the same.

Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic do great justice in this very controlled yet full bodied and exciting performance which is captured by a superior D.G production job.The addition of the haunting 'Quiet City', make this disc all but irresistible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Copland 3rd Symphony - Bernstein 5 Feb 2012
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Everyone knows Fanfare for the Common Man - a fine piece of music - but it is simply lost when heard in isolation outside the wonderful contextual form of Copland's 3rd Symphony. Set against the backdrop of the end of World War II - the symphony is full of emotion and conveys the dramatic preparations for war, battle, loss, and ultimate victory. Leonard Bernstein is Copland's best interpreter and wrings every nuance of sound from the orchestra. If you are feeling down - this piece of music will lift you and leave you ready to take on the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new 'discovery' for me! 30 July 2013
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I was unfamiliar with Coplands's 3rd Symphony and the 'original' Fanfare for the Common Man in the last movement. His music is very evocative and 'American'.

This is a good recording, with Bernstein's usual passion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Late, great Bernstein 2 July 2004
By Bruce Hodges - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This was one of Leonard Bernstein's last recordings, and turns out to be one of his most memorable ones as well. Copland's Third Symphony uses his "Fanfare for the Common Man" as its climax, and Bernstein mines every bit of emotion you might expect. I'm not completely convinced that the symphony is necessarily one of the composer's tightest works, but Bernstein makes every minute sound essential, and the New York Philharmonic plays with terrific nobility and panache.
"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.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Copland 11 Dec 2000
By 127 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent CD in all respects: musicianship, conducting, recording quality, etc. The string sound at the opening is serene and beautiful and the brass and percussion are strong but never out of balance. The opening of the second movement on this CD is one of the finest brass orchestral passages that I've heard.
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.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 29 Dec 1999
By Noah Lambert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This represents, to me, one of Leonard Bernstein's best efforts. Copland's Third Symphony is one of the best symphonies ever written. It has never received the type of recognition it deserves. This is the best recording of it. The New York Philharmonic gives Leonard Bernstein some of their best playing and they play wonderfully. As a trumpet student I have enviably seen and looked at Quiet City. It is one of the harder pieces in the trumpet repertoire. Philip Smith is one of the best trumpet players in the World, next to Adolph Herseth, he the best symphonic trumpet player in the United States. In Quiet City he shows off his tone and precision, and the it comes off nicely! This CD is very recommended!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bernstein reading of a nearly great work 1 Nov 2005
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Copland met a sad end as the result of Alzheimer's, which set in fairly early (when he was about 70, I believe) but was carefully hidden from the public. Bernstein had been his lifelong champion, of course, and here he gives an elegaic, almost melancholy reading of the Third Symphony that is about a minute slower in each movement than his earlier, excellent version from 1966 with the same NY Phil.

There's no comparison betwen the two, given how much more detailed and expressive the 1985 DG version is, and how much better it is recorded. The Third just misses being a great work. It is in Copland's most populist idiom, the same as one hears in Appalachian Spring, but the material is thinner, less organized, ultimately not all that compelling despite many beautiful moments. Bernstein makes the very best of what's there, and his reading of Quiet City is incomparable--it brings tears to one's eyes. This recording stands as a wonderful, if somewhat sad, memorial to a great musical partnership.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lenny Performing Copland's Third on DG 20 Dec 2000
By Shota - Published on Amazon.com
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If you want Copland, but who also collects only Grammophon CDs, you're lucky, because there are plenty of Copland CDs performed by Leonard Bernstein. I guarantee you that if you want Copland, you best buy the recordings of the composer himself, or Lenny. Lenny had been friends with Copland, and he was able to perform Copland's music into the Grammophon world of music, after recording with Sony. If you love Copland's music, you will love Copland's third symphony, including the famous Fanfare to the Common Man. For peace-lovers on music, Quiet City is an excellent piece to listen to.
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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