Posts tagged as "royal-concertgebouw-orchestra"

The Best of Britten

May 25, 2016

A superb collection of four complete Britten orchestral masterpieces in performances that have been lauded over and over again. The ‘Simple Symphony’ is engagingly done, the virtuosity in the ‘Frank Bridge Variations’, not to mention state-of-the-art sound engineering, has never been exceeded and the two Van Beinum recordings have a wonderful nobility to them.

The Best of Rachmaninov

May 25, 2016

From some of the great Rachmaninoffian moments on Decca comes this compilation presenting the complete symphonic poem ‘The Isle of the Dead’ in a darkly dramatic reading by Ashkenazy (as conductor) and the Concertgebouw plus moments from the Piano Concertos and a selection of preludes with Ashkenazy this time as pianist.

Handel: Water Music; Music for the Royal Fireworks

May 25, 2016

These are unashamedly old-fashioned but beautifully clear, performances of these timeless masterpieces. They were recorded in the famed ‘old’ Concertgebouw and the sound of the winds especially – horn (track 3) and oboe (track 2) – are beautifully glowing.

Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos

May 25, 2016

Spacious, generous performances of two of the most popular piano concertos in the repertory. These recordings have been unavailable for a very long time.

Mahler: Symphony No. 1

May 25, 2016

The legendary 1972 recording of Mahler’s First Symphony, here beautifully remastered for super-budget release. Haitink conveys all the joy and the angst beneath Mahler’s score and the recording has warmth and bloom.

Debussy: Noctures; Images; La Mer

May 25, 2016

These performances of three of Debussy’s major orchestral works are simply staggering. Rarely have the half-lights and luminosity of these three works – generously offered on a single CD – been better captured in performance. Ephemeral is the word for van Beinum’s interpretations and the CD also boasts one of the sexiest ‘Sirènes’ on record!

Brahms: Double Concerto; Mendelssohn: Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings

May 25, 2016

The first-ever pairing of these two marvellous ‘Double’ Concertos on CD. The Brahms is a classic performance, gutsy as well as autumnal and the work comes from towards the end of the composer’s rich harvest. The Mendelssohn, by far the lesser-known of the two pieces, conversely comes from the beginning of his life – in […]

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

May 5, 2016

‘This is the only Das Lied you’ll ever need, and the recorded sound is of demonstration quality’ says on this fabulous recording of Mahler’s symphony/song cycle set to German translations of Chinese poems for mezzo, tenor and a massive orchestra. A 10 (performance)/10 (recording) rating is what it enjoys … as it should!

Sibelius: Pohjola’s Daughter; Valse triste; Karelia Suite; En saga; Tapiola

April 29, 2016

Colin Davis’ Sibelius is well-known and regarded but surprisingly some key Sibelius recordings of his with the Boston Symphony have never made it to CD. These include ‘Pohjola’s Daughter’ and ‘En saga’. His ‘Karelia Suite’ is rare at best. Together with Valse Triste’ and ‘Tapiola’, these make up an excellent disc of Sibelius Tone Poems.

Tchaikovsky: Capriccio Italien; Francesca da Rimini; Romeo and Juliet; The Nutcracker

April 19, 2016

Four of Tchaikovsky’s most popular orchestral works make their appearances here in historic Decca and Philips recordings appearing internationally on CD for the first time. Most travellers to Italy content themselves with writing postcards. Tchaikovsky, on the other hand, wrote a popular symphonic work. His Capriccio italien was inspired by impressions made upon the composer […]

Beethoven: The Concertos

April 19, 2016

Like the Beethoven symphonies, his concertos form a cornerstone of the standard classical repertoire and collected together here, on four discs, are all his major concertos in stellar performances. From the Haydnesque first concertos, to the serene calm, poise and beauty of the Fourth Piano Concerto and the Violin Concerto, to the swagger of the […]