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Rachmaninov, S: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Symphonic Dances (Ohlsson, Atlanta Symphony, Spano)
Garrick Ohlsson and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tackles Rachmaninov's titanic Piano Concerto No. 3 with impressive results. Ohlsson's performance is masterly, technically impressive, and full of nuanced interplay with the orchestra. The recording is of the highest quality, distinct and detailed while packing a wallop in the loud sections.
Indy, V. d': Poeme des rivages / Diptyque mediterraneen / Istar (Luxembourg Philharmonic, Krivine)
On this recording of Vincent d'Indy's Poeme des rivages, ClassicsToday.com writes, "The two works were inspired partly by the sunny regions of Provence, partly by the composer's happy marriage to a much younger wife. In short, this is really good music, and both the playing of the Luxembourg Orchestra and Timpani's sonics are excellent."
Prokofiev, S.: Year 1941 (The) / Symphony No. 5 (Sao Paulo Symphony, Alsop)
Written in 1944, Prokofiev's Fifth Symphony is one of his greatest and most complete symphonic statements. At its première, he himself called it "a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit". The first movement couples considerable strength with unexpected yet highly characteristic twists of melody.