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COPLAND: Symphony No. 3 in E Major; Quiet City; Appalachian Spring Suite – soloists/BSO/ Koussevitzky – Pristine Audio

COPLAND: Symphony No. 3 in E Major; Quiet City; Appalachian Spring Suite – soloists/BSO/ Koussevitzky – Pristine Audio

Superlative, classic readings of Copland scores by his most ardent admirer among conductors, in fine sound. COPLAND: Symphony No. 3 in E Major; Quiet City; Appalachian Spring Suite – Georges Mager, trumpet/ Louis Speyer, Eng. horn/ Lukas Foss, p./ Boston Sym. Orch./ Serge Koussevitzky – Pristine Audio PASC 458, 73:09 [avail. in various formats from www.pristineclassical.com] *****: Aaron Copland conceived his Third Symphony (1946) through a commission from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation; and while Serge Koussevitzky gave the premiere at Symphony Hall, Boston 18 October 1946, he never inscribed the work for the RCA label. Copland claimed that Koussevitzky “liked music in the grand manner.” The rendition well-preserved here, courtesy of Andrew Rose, derives from a Carnegie Hall concert – the music’s fourth realization – 16 November 1946. The music reflects the composer’s post-War optimism, essentially a kind of spiritual progress from the nation’s rural origins through an industrial mentality, and into a dance-like third movement; and finally, a declamation of heroism in its “Fanfare for the Common Man” – commissioned by Eugene Goossens in 1942 Cincinnati for a series of fanfares – that opens the Allegro risoluto. Hailed as “the Great American Symphony” by Koussevitzky and various critics, the […]