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BUSONI, F.: Turandot Suite / 2 Studies for Doktor Faust (Hong Kong Philharmonic, Samuel Wong)

Composer(s):Busoni, Ferruccio
Artist(s) Wong, Samuel, Conductor • Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.555373
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
 
 
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Popularity seems to rest as much on chance as on merit, for it is difficult to understand why the Turandot Suite has never become a popular repertory piece. Given its bargain price, it should now reach a wider audience. It has all the qualities of melodic appeal (its fifth movement quotes Greensleeves), resourceful invention and brilliant orchestral colour that should ensure its popularity. The two Studies, the Sarabande and Cortège, written in preparation for his opera, Doktor Faust, remain the composer’s masterpiece, highly searching and imaginative music that can claim to be profound, as, indeed, can the Berceuse élégiaque. Both performances and recording are very good, and this disc serves as an admirable and inexpensive

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