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Re: Copland's Third Symphony
I really enjoyed the review by Leslie Wright of the new Slatkin Naxos recording. The earlier St Louis one has always been a favourite. As for the 'Great American Symphony' I also admire the Roy Harris Third Symphony but think that the conclusion is the weakest part - I sometimes wish that the coda of Samuel Barber's 'Second Essay for Orchestra', the conclusion of which I find far more effective, had been grafted onto the Harris! I would also place David Diamond's Third Symphony alongside Leslie's list of great American symphonies. I greatly admire Leonard Bernstein as a conductor and a composer but have always felt that his earlier recording of Copland's Third Symphony on CBS/Sony was far inferior to Copland's underrated Everest recording. Still, I consider that Previn's earlier recording of Walton's First Symphony on RCA is not as good as his later RPO version, which Rob Barnett described as 'Homeric', so many will disagree with me!
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