The National Symphony Orchestra (based in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center) now has its own record label. This is the first release. Gianandrea Noseda, recently installed as NSO music director, isn’t as ‘inside’ Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid (Suite) as Leonard Slatkin (a predecessor of Noseda’s in D.C.) is (complete in Detroit), while Dvořák’s ubiquitous Symphony 9 “From the New World” is curiously short on soul and poetry, neither work helped by a bright recording and Noseda’s propensity to over-project dynamics and details, causing the listener (this one anyway) to resist somewhat, despite some fine playing. (For the Dvořák I’ll be sticking with Kondrashin/Vienna, Bernstein/Israel, Kempe/BBCSO & Colin Davis/Amsterdam.) I am keen though to know what is planned for the next NSO issues. NSO0001 [SACD].