I've been meaning to pick up the version of Copland's Symphony No.3 as conducted by Leonard Bernstein and the NY Philharmonic
recorded in 1985 (and which I had heard on the radio at the time). But I've hesitated because this version performed by Eduardo Mata and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra is so powerfully performed, and has proven for me immensely moving and satisfying. The sound quality is excellent; the subwoofing tympani will literally rattle your teeth and windows (especially during the wonderful second movement).
I give this disc 4 stars for this recording of Copland's 3rd Symphony.
The reason I don't it a full five stars is due to the other selections on the same disc,- "Danzon Cubano" and "El Salon Mexico" - which, though recorded well, are not my favorite Copland pieces. To my ears at least, they simply come across as oversimplistic, stereotypical cartoonish Latin filler (oft serving as the same filler on seemingly so many other Copland compilations).
I wish Mata had chosen different selections to fill out this disc, like "Outdoor Symphony" or even "Short Symphony".
Highly recommended for Symphony No.3.