8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Symphony No3 represents Copland in all his homely yet dramatic glory. This is a piece that typifies a certain strain 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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 February 2012
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2013
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.