on 14 March 2013
To my mind, this is the best recording of Copland's great third symphony. All too often, it sounds fragmented and somewhat incoherent. But trust Yoel Levi always to find the melodic line and reveal the intention of Copland. There is both beauty and drama and the hushed transition to the fourth movement and the famous 'Fanfare of the Common Man' has rarely has as magical an effect as it does in the hands of Levi and his orchestra. The Atlanta Symphony plays gorgeously throughout,with brightly singing American strings, bold brass and some really fine woodwinds. Even if the filler - the Music for the Theatre - is not as substantial as the symphony, it is fine and entertaining music. Highly recommended!