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It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

Good points

Those '55 and '61 records did have the very best personnel in New York in those days (and in LA in the case of the '61 Soldier's Tale), as you say. But so did the '32 recording, which was made in Paris. Maybe the piece wasn't yet a thoroughly familiar warhorse to the players in 1932, and they probably did it in one take, with no editing.

Still, hard not to contrast the slightly ragged ensemble work in '32 to the razor-sharp, perfect ensemble, and perfect everything else, in '55 and '61. IMHO, Stravinsky made himself into a great conductor of his own music with a whole lot of hard work and experience. Just take a look at the length of his discography. In old age he certainly had help from Craft, but that's understandable. I don't think Copland had quite the same financial need to do so much conducting, and IMHO that's the main reason he didn't achieve as much as a conductor as Stravinsky.


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