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Sunday, April 6, 2014
Gliere, R.: Symphony No. 3, 'Il'ya Muromets' (Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)

Glière, R.: Symphony No. 3, "Il'ya Muromets" (Buffalo Philharmonic, Falletta)
Naxos: 8.573161
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Editor's Choice

Falletta and her orchestra performed the symphony in 2013, live and without cuts, so the work's rich expressions and epic scope are conveyed with...impressive effect…While this recording must compete with several other complete versions, it should be counted among the best, and it is recommended for any newcomers to this fascinating symphony.

- By Blair Sanderson © 2014 Allmusic.com
 
Tchaikovsky, P.I.: Symphony No. 7 / Piano Concerto No. 3 (Zilberstein, Gürzenich Orchestra, Kitayenko)

Tchaikovsky, P.I.: Symphony No. 7 / Piano Concerto No. 3 (Zilberstein, Gürzenich Orchestra, Kitayenko)
Oehms Classics: OC672
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5 Stars

Zilberstein's playing is both powerful and poetic, and she is truly magisterial in the long, strenuous cadenza at the heart of the single movement, which the orchestra picks up with great urgency and alacrity.

Kitajenko and the Gürzenich here effectively give Tchaikovsky a hearty slap on the back in celebration of the completion of his, and now their great, symphony cycle. This disc, like many of the others, is a first class choice on its own. Try it and see.

- By John Miller © 2014 SA-CD.net
 
Atterberg, K.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Symphonies Nos. 2 and 8 (Gothenburg Symphony, N. Jarvi)

Atterberg, K.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Symphonies Nos. 2 and 8 (Gothenburg Symphony, N. Järvi)
Chandos: CHSA5133
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9/10 Artistic and Sound Quality

As in the first release in this series, Järvi leads vivid, energetic performances greatly assisted by some first-class playing from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. After all, if they don't represent Atterberg well, then who will? The Eighth Symphony, in particular, was written for a small orchestra with a limited brass section (including two horns and a single trombone), and yet the textures remain remarkably rich and full. The string playing in the scherzo features notable delicacy and lightness without ever sounding like retrogressive, faux-Mendelssohn, as so many late-romantic German-style symphonies can. Chandos' SACD sonics are also excellent. Keep up the good work, fellas.

- By David Hurwitz © 2014 ClassicsToday.com
 
Stravinsky, I.: Piano Music (Jenny Lin)

Stravinsky, I.: Piano Music (Jenny Lin)
Steinway and Sons: Steinway30028
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Editor's Choice

Igor Stravinsky's colorful ballets are his most popular works, followed by his concertos, symphonies, and choral compositions, but his pieces for solo piano have a small following, due as much to infrequent performances as to their modest size and narrow scope. ...Lin plays Guido Agosti's virtuosic transcription of the Danse infernal, Berceuse, and Finale from The Firebird, which undeniably adds excitement to a program that at times feels constrained by the brevity of the selections and the dryness of Stravinsky's neo-Classical style. The recorded sound is clean and close-up, so the piano has credible presence with the right amount of resonance from the studio acoustics.

- By Blair Sanderson © 2014 Allmusic.com
 
40th Scottish Chamber Orchestra Special Anniversary Edition

40th Scottish Chamber Orchestra Special Anniversary Edition
Linn Records: CKD540
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4 Stars

This assemblage of performances...celebrates the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the youngest of the Scotland-based ensembles of major significance. Robin Ticciati...leads a luminous rendition of Wagner's bitter-sweet A Siegfried Idyll...Along with the resonant glow of the SCO strings, we have rounded phrasing from French horns Alec Frank-Gemmil and Harry Johnstone. Oboe Robin Williams contributes his own luster to the mix, assisted by extremely hearty playing in the violas, cellos, and basses. Echoes of the "Forest Murmurs" from Siegfried blend with the so-called "steps music" to form a seamless tapestry of bucolic heroism, ardent and intelligently lit.

Joseph Swenso...elicits a bold transparency...for the music of Jean Sibelius...The "Dance of the Nymphs" enjoys a special delicate inspiration. A broad melody defines "Prospero," the magician who stands for Shakespeare's late merger of artistic allegory and dramatic truth. (read more)

- By Gary Lemco © 2014 Audiophile Audition

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