C0276. SERGE KOUSSEVITZKY Cond. Boston S.O.: American Music, incl. Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 (Roy Harris); El Salon Mexico (Copland); San Juan Capistrano (McDonald); Suite in E (Foote). (England) Pearl 9492, recorded 1934-40. Transfers by Mark Obert-Thorn. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 2703194922
“Recorded in performance at Carnegie Hall, Koussevitzky's Harris First is an incredibly powerful statement. The sweep and grandeur of this reading has never been matched. The Foote suite gets an exuberant performance, and the Boston Symphony strings are given a marvelous opportunity to show off their virtuosity and beautiful tone. Rosario Mazzeo's hilarious clarinet solo in ‘El Salon’ must be heard to be believed. Koussevitzky's lively and strongly accented performance of the Copland sparkles from start to finish.”
"You are not likely to find a more characterful performance of Copland's ‘El Salon Mexico’ than this premiere recording by Serge Koussevitzky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It is of higher voltage than Copland's own or even Bernstein's own account with the New York Philharmonic."
- Robert Layton, GRAMOPHONE, Jan., 1997