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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 27 juli 2010 | PentaTone

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording
At the helm of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Strasbourg from 2004 to 2011, German conductor Marc Albrecht has chosen three French compositions inspired by literature. As a prelude, and nod towards the conductor’s roots, is Goethe and his famous popular poème Der Zauberlehrling (“The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”) which through the music of Dukas and the Walt Disney film was popularised among thousands of children. Evoking a similar degree of childhood nostalgia, is Ravel’s musical adaption of Charles Perrault’s Les Contes de ma mère l’Oye (The Tales of Mother Goose), which enables him to exhibit all his orchestral magic and love for lost worlds. But the attraction of this offering lies mainly in the immense symphonic epic that is The Jungle Book, after the novel by Rudyard Kipling: the great Alsatian composer Charles Koechlin is a real mystery in musical history as his strength and originality remains completely underrated as he easily ranks among the greats. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 5 februari 2013 | Naxos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason découverte - 4 étoiles Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording - La Clef du mois RESMUSICA
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 8 mei 2012 | Naxos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4 étoiles Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording - Hi-Res Audio - La Clef du mois RESMUSICA
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 5 januari 2018 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Exceptional Sound Recording
This much awaited recording offers keenly idiomatic performances of the most famous works by Grieg, played by the composer’s own orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic, and its Chief Conductor, Edward Gardner. The drama and passion of such favourite pieces as the incidental music to Peer Gynt and the Piano Concerto are superbly captured in surround-sound with exemplary Chandos sound quality. Unlike most existing recordings, offering only the orchestral suites, this disc presents numerous extra excerpts from Peer Gynt, which follow the sequence of Henrik Ibsen‘s dramatic poem, including sections for the unique Norwegian "Hardanger Fiddle". Having collaborated with the orchestra on several occasions, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet is the soloist in the Piano Concerto, a piece that stands out as a shining example of a single great thought captured and expressed in music. The power of this conception is evident throughout the concerto in the pianist’s faithful, yet highly romantic interpretation. © Chandos
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 9 november 2018 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Exceptional Sound Recording - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 9 oktober 2012 | Zig-Zag Territoires

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4F de Télérama - 4 étoiles Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording - Hi-Res Audio
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 27 juli 2010 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Ouvertures - Verschenen op 16 november 2018 | PentaTone

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Exceptional Sound Recording
From the moment they were performed, Gioachino Rossini’s overtures have enjoyed the status of colourful, elegant orchestral showpieces. With their sweet cantilene, their rich harmonies, their brilliant orchestration, and their powerful and exciting rhythmic drive, these overtures encapsulate all that was modern, exhilarating and electrifying in Rossini’s music, yet maintain their freshness and attraction to modern audiences. This album features a collection of Rossini overtures, taken from less well-known operas such as La Scala di seta, Tancredi, La gazza ladra, Matilde di Shabran and Semiramide, as well as from the classic comic operas L’italiana in Algeri and Il barbiere di Siviglia, concluding with the preludes to Rossini’s French operas Le siège de Corinthe and Guillaume Tell, in which the composer explored musical Romanticism. The overtures are performed by the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, which has played a seminal role in the Rossini renaissance of the last three decades. The orchestra is led by its Musical Director Michele Mariotti. Being born in Rossini’s native town Pesaro, Mariotti cherishes a life-long affinity with the city’s most famous son, and is commonly considered as one of the outstanding Rossini conductors of his age. He frequently works with the world’s most prestigious opera houses. © Pentatone
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 9 november 2018 | Ondine

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Exceptional Sound Recording
What a curious and charming piece of work the First Symphony by Witold Lutosławski is! Written in 1947, it is still borrowing from Stravinski, Bartók, Prokofiev and clearly Roussel, and yet it display the composer's own personal ideas, and his flawless skill in orchestration. But he had not yet made the dodecaphonic style his own, nor the principle of randomness which would be found later in 1961's Jeux vénitiens (Venetian Games). In his case, randomness refers to musicians or groups of musicians having the freedom to play their different parts when they feel like it, or when the conductor gives them a cue. But for sure, this piece's formal framework is still constrained: every performance will shed a different light on it, but it is still the same work. The album finishes with the Fourth Symphony, the composer's last, written between 1988 and 1991, performed in 1993 with Lutosławski himself conducting before his death a few months later. In this work he makes a clear return to his harmonic and melodic ideas, which at times approach Mahler or Bartók, even though the discourse remains decidedly modern. The contrast between the First Symphony, Jeux vénitiens and the Fourth Symphony could not be more spectacular, and it gives a brilliant picture of the evolution of a musical genius who embraced a wide range of influences, constantly adapting them to his own style. © SM/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 27 juli 2010 | Naxos

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 februari 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Exceptional Sound Recording
In addition to Prokofiev’s two violin concertos – whose ample discography is brilliantly enriched by this interpretation of Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili and the excellent conductor Yannick Nézet-Seguin –, the album also features three treats from Prokofiev arranged by Tamás Batiashvili, the father of the aforementioned Lisa and a renowned teacher in his country. These are rewritings for solo violin and orchestra of the Dance Of The Knights from Romeo and Juliet, the Grand Waltz from Cinderella and the nefarious and quirky Grand March from The Love For Three Oranges. Batiashvili – the father – streamlines the message, allowing the solo violin to showcase its full power in moments that were bloated in the original partition, particularly in the rather bulky Dance Of The Knights which, losing some of its imposing weight, gained lyricism in return. As for the two concertos, they benefit greatly from the reasonably sized Chamber Orchestra of Europe, as it perfectly lets Prokofiev’s writing shine through. © SM/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 30 maart 2010 | Naxos

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 maart 2011 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording - Hi-Res Audio
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 27 april 2010 | PentaTone

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Exceptional Sound Recording - Hi-Res Audio
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 3 juni 2016 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Exceptional Sound Recording - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 7 februari 2012 | BIS

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 28 juli 2009 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Exceptional Sound Recording
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 5 mei 2017 | PentaTone

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 6 april 2018 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 9 februari 2018 | Ondine

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Exceptional Sound Recording
‘Travel’ and ‘journey’ are often appropriate metaphors for the music of the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür (b. 1959). The composer himself describes his viola concerto Illuminatio as a “pilgrimage towards eternal light”, and with his Symphony No. 8 he stresses the importance of a “constant sense of ‘being on the road’”. This says something essential about the dynamics, growth and development of his music. To take a broader view, Tüür’s entire career may be described as a journey: in the course of his professional life beginning in the 1980s, he has thoroughly revised and reformed his idiom and compositional precepts. His ambitious journey began in rock music while at the same time he was studying flute, percussion and composition at the Conservatory. Since 1992 he has been a freelance composer. In his early career, Tüür developed a ‘polystylistic’ approach that combined minimalist and tonal elements on the one hand, modernist features on the other, into an idiom where he juxtaposed elements from different and seemingly incompatible styles, seeking both contrasts and syntheses. In the early 2000s, he went through a transition that resulted in his new composition technique. Here, “the entire composition is encapsulated in a source code – a gene which, as it mutates and grows, connects the dots in the fabric of the whole work”. All the works on the present album are from this period. The core of Tüür’s output consists of extensive orchestral works (including nine symphonies and several concertos), chamber music and vocal works. Whereas the viola concerto can be compared to a journey, Whistles and Whispers from Uluru (2007) for recorder and chamber orchestra was inspired by a landscape and a sonority. The piece was written to a commission from the Australian Chamber Orchestra for recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, who also plays on this album – several different recorders, from sopranino to bass. Some sonorities are enhanced by electronic means. When a composer has written nine symphonies, the genre is obviosuly very important for him. In the case of Tüür, the term ‘symphonic’ must be understood in a broad sense – not as a strict formal scheme, but rather as a uniquely shaped and independently formed structure in each work. Tüür’s symphonies form the hard core of his output, spanning the length of his career, the first dating from 1984 and the latest from 2017. The symphonies vary greatly in terms of form, ensemble and idiom. Symphony No. 8 was commissioned by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and was completed in 2010. Considering the resources of the commissioning party, Tüür scored the work for a sinfonietta-type ensemble instead of a large symphony orchestra, and as a result the music has at times a chamber music feel. © SM/Qobuz