I would always be glad to hear edited versions of works - Vaughan Williams' London Symphony is a clear example of this although the debate about which of the 3 main versions of that is "best" continues but I think cutting alone is almost always a mistake.
I will instantly contradict that statement by saying I think the Bernstein-suggested cutting of the end of Copland's 3rd Symphony is an improvement preventing a work that can over-inflate towards its conclusion end thereby leaving the audience wanting more. Those extra 8 bars are the musical equivalent of one wafer-thin-mint too many!
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