This was one of my first CD purchases several years ago. It was always one of my favorites. I always considered other recordings of these works, some of which I own, to lack the energy and clarity of this recording. Unfortunately I lost this recording on a recent business trip and need to replace it in my collection. While this CD was not the first I had heard of Copland this particular recording made me appreciate the truely american character of this composer. I now consider myself a true Copland fan.