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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 oktober 2008 | Phoenix Edition

Onderscheidingen 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - Exceptional Sound Recording

Symfonieën - Verschenen op 30 juni 2017 | Accentus Music

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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 5 maart 2012 | Sony Classical

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 10 augustus 2018 | Warner Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Record of the Month - Exceptional Sound Recording - 5 étoiles de Classica
If Leonard Bernstein was one of the greatest conductors from the second half of the 20th Century, his interpretation job never outshone his composer one. But the durable and worldwide success of West Side Story has often irritated him, as it left in the shadowed the rest of his abundant and varied catalog. Antonio Pappano has had the good idea to gather the three symphonies from Bernstein in a single album recorded in several concerts in Rome with his Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, which reaches under his baton an international dimension. Bernstein had a special relation with this institution that he has frequently conducted. Jeremiah, Bernstein’s first symphony, dates from 1944. Bernstein was 26 and wrote it the same year as his first ballet for Broadway, Fancy Free.He blends genres in a way that is now typical of him, disturbing many timorous music lovers who don’t understand that this dichotomy is the result of his genius. This first symphony sung in Hebrew denounces the horror of the Holocaust in Europe. 1949 is the year of The Age of Anxiety, his strange second symphony inspired by a long and difficult poem by W. H. Auden. Rarely played because of his difficult solo piano section that few interprets possess in their repertoire, this symphony is a succession of “themes and variations”. If the beginning flirts with the European Art music, notably from Prokofiev, it ends in a syncopated sentimentalism in the style of the great Hollywood movies. The excellent pianist Beatrice Rana (who has recorded for Warner Classics a very exciting Second Concerto by Prokofiev with the same conductor, as well as, more recently, the most talked-about Goldberg Variations by J. S. Bach) is here a brilliant and convinced performer of the work. Written in 1963 and dedicated to President Kennedy, Kaddish, his third symphony, is probably the most personal work of this trilogy. Heterogeneous as is all Bernstein music, it goes together with a text written by him that caused a scandal because of his iconoclastic arrogance, as Bernstein is giving advice to God to better rule mankind… Unsatisfied with his text, the composer did several revisions of his work to give it the form that is mostly used today. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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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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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 mei 2010 | Tudor

Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 november 2011 | Glossa

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Diamant d'Opéra - Choc de Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Ouvertures - Verschenen op 16 november 2018 | PentaTone

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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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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 februari 2018 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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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 20 maart 2012 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording - Hi-Res Audio
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 23 september 2008 | harmonia mundi

Onderscheidingen Exceptional Sound Recording
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 7 februari 2012 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 oktober 2012 | SDG

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Exceptional Sound Recording
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 28 juli 2009 | BIS

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 27 april 2010 | Ondine

Booklet Onderscheidingen Exceptional Sound Recording
Before the Icons stretches from one end of Rautavaara’s career to the other. The great composer would have celebrated his ninetieth birthday in the Spring of 2018. During his studies in New York, he wrote a small series called Six Icons for Piano in 1955/56. While he decided to orchestrate them soon after, the work was not completed until half a century later in 2005. During the process he added three Prayers that intertwine with the other compositions. He closes this work with a short Amen which reconnects with the beginning of the 21st century; this contrasts with the deliberately “naive” style of the Icons, which, at times, are rather evocative of Olivier Messiaen. It is one of Rautavaaraa’s greatest works. Later on in 2007, A Tapestry of Life revealed four very contrasting movements:Stars Swarming, as we might expect, brings a night of shooting stars to life; Halcyon Days, a slight more mysterious piece, describes the evolution of the kingfisher whose genus is known as the “Halcyon”, Sighs and Tears perfectly illustrates Bergman’s intimate dramas, with his sorrowful intertwining melodies between the oboe and the cor anglais, and finally The Last Polonaise reiterates the fact that Rautavaara often included stylish polonaises in his music.
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 7 juni 2011 | BR-Klassik

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - 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
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 4 januari 2011 | BIS

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 februari 2018 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Exceptional Sound Recording
No, no: we would never suggest that the music of the Swedish composer Dag Wirén (1905-1986) was in the slightest bit avant-garde. On the contrary, he always strove to write music which, while certainly novel, made for pleasant listening, without either dogma, or pedagogy, or a particular method. His oeuvre, more remarkable for its quality than its quantity, contains five symphonies, of which the Third from 1944 is presented here, and above all the renowned Divertimento for strings from 1957, in which one can discern the legacy of Grieg or Dvořák just as much as Honegger, whom Wirén venerated, or other musicians from the Group of Six; or indeed Shostakovitch in his more wily moments. The writing shares more than a few family resemblances with Jean Françaix, in its impeccable harmonic, thematic and architectural conceptions, all while retaining its light and transparent spirit. During his lifetime, his rejection of the avant-garde was a black mark against his name; but thirty years on from his death, this kind of consideration is no longer relevant. We can finally rediscover Wirén for what he is: an excellent composer. To cut a long story short, it was he who wrote the score to Absent Friend which was Sweden's entry for the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest – which was won by France Gall, under the flag of Luxembourg, and not of France, as it happens – Absent Friend was neither strictly pop, nor variety, but a piece of pure classical romance, a tragic waltz sung by a truly great operatic baritone, Ingvar Wixell, accompanied by an exclusively classical orchestra, without drums or anything of the sort! © SM/Qobuz