DOU­BLE COPLAND

BBC Music Magazine - - LETTERS - Neil Sin­yard, Saxby All Saints

Why has Leonard Slatkin’s new record­ing of Copland’s Third Sym­phony been re­viewed twice in your mag­a­zine? (August and September is­sues). After all, your re­view­ers Ge­off Brown and Terry Blain seem broadly in agree­ment with the qual­ity of the per­for­mance, though Blain seems to think more highly of the sym­phony. I must say I’m with Blain on this; I can’t agree with Brown’s claim that the sym­phony has not aged too well. For me it is the great Amer­i­can sym­phony, mu­sic’s equiv­a­lent to an­other great fan­fare to the com­mon man that ap­peared in 1946: Frank Capra’s cin­e­matic master­piece It’s a Wonderful Life. They are lifeaf­firm­ing works com­ing out of an age of dark­ness; and good­ness knows, such elo­quent artis­tic op­ti­mism that lifts the spirit could not be more wel­come these days.

THE RE­VIEWS EDI­TOR REPLIES

Whoops! I clearly hadn’t had my morn­ing cof­fee that day.

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