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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 4 februari 2014 | Timpani

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année - Hi-Res Audio
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 3 november 2017 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Qobuzism - 5 étoiles de Classica
Aside from Elgar’s fascinating and obligatory Falstaff composed in 1913 (a Symphonic Study according to the partition, but in reality a symphonic poem in the grand tradition of Strauss— about whom Elgar probably thought when he wrote his masterpiece, and the rather present solo cello cannot help but remind us of Strauss’ Don Quixote, composed sixteen years earlier), the album distinguishes itself by a few melodies with orchestra from the same Elgar, a repertoire unfortunately too often neglected and yet of breathtaking beauty (we hear, in a pinch, the Sea Pictures performed from time to time, but that’s all folks). And when you know that it’s the now very famous baritone Roderick Williams on the mic, we can only applaud the initiative of Andrew Davis and the BBC Philharmonic to feature these splendors once again. Elgar proves to us here that, far from just being a great master of large symphonic-vocal soundscapes in the form of oratorio (we obviously think about The Dream of Gerontius, The Apostles and The Music Makers), he handles the miniature with genius. Roderick Williams, one of the most beautiful voices of today’s British scene, grasps these rarities with a joy that is as rare as these pieces. The album closes on a hilarious wink, the Smoking Cantata, a cantata with a ginormous orchestration but that lasts… only 49 seconds, and whose text is limited to: “Kindly, Kindly, kindly do not smoke in the hall or staircase”. It’s the best British humor! Qobuz technical commentary on sound qualityThe sound quality for this wonderful orchestration is refined; the level ratios are well-judged; and the distances between the consoles are just right, in this airy piece of mixing that renders the lines exceptionally clear. Clear and enveloping reverberation never hides the discourse: the result is a rare evenness between the different families within the orchestra. The tutti certainly aren’t lacking any liveliness, thanks to the remarkably assured dynamic, and when the percussion gets going we discover a beautifully-proportioned hall, which gives the sound room to develop without constraints. Without falling into the very (too?) popular trap of ultra-proximity, and because the acoustics allow it, Chandos has produced a mix which really respects the score, the performance, and the sound scene... what a relief! © SM/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 18 januari 2019 | Alpha

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Le Choix de France Musique
Alpha begins a complete cycle of the symphonies by Sibelius alongside some of his symphonic poems with Gothenburg Symphony and its new chief conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali. In the great tradition of Finnish conductors, Santtu-Matias Rouvali is known for his extremely physical and organic interpretations: ‘Music unmistakeably flows from him’, commented The Sunday Times. This was evident when, at a very young age, he stepped in to conduct a concert with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra which began the journey to his first tenure as Chief Conductor with the Tampere Philharmonic; a meteoric rise to a career working at the highest musical level internationally; and a third post as Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. When Bachtrack asked him how he shapes the orchestral sound, he replied: ‘I sing it, I move my hands the way I want it (…) the conductor should be able to show tempo somewhere in the body (…) I was also a drum kit player, so my feet and hands can do different things at the same time. When you read the score, you sing it in your head (…) I think it’s the sense of inside groove that you get from playing percussion which is very important in Sibelius’s music.’ In the Gothenburg Symphony he finds a prestigious cohort of musicians with an impressive discography, and joins a line of their illustrious musical directors, notably Neeme Järvi, the orchestra’s principal conductor from 1982 to 2004, but also Gustavo Dudamel, who is honorary conductor. © Outhere Music
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 mei 2012 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles de Classica - La Clef du mois RESMUSICA
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 2 februari 2018 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Record of the Month - Le Choix de France Musique - 5 étoiles de Classica
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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
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 20 maart 2012 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles de Classica - Exceptional sound - Hi-Res Audio
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Balletten - Verschenen op 29 mei 2007 | Naxos

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - 10 de Classica-Répertoire
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 3 mei 2019 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4F de Télérama - Gramophone Record of the Month
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 9 november 2018 | Aparté

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Exceptional sound - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 5 februari 2016 | Sony Classical

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - Choc Classica de l'année
Nothing new under the sun ? Oh but yes! This recording of the Fourth and Fifth Symphonies of Beethoven by the venerable Nikolaus Harnoncourt lives and breathes brand new. The difference is most notable seeing as he calls on an instrumentarium (along the lines of what Beethoven had in his time) particularly wind-based, whose sound is frankly different from what we know today. Listeners beware: you'll never listen to these two Beethoven symphonies with the same ear once you've had a taste of the original fountain that is sourced here in the 85th year of Harnoncourts wonderful musical mind © SM / Qobuz
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 6 april 2018 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - Exceptional sound
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 6 oktober 2017 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Exceptional sound - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
Vaughan Williams’ seventh symphony (1951), Sinfonia Antartica, reuses numerous materials from the stunning piece the composer wrote in 1948 for the film Scott of the Antarctic. Therefore none will be surprised by the extraordinarily visual orchestration and theme, which any listener – even ignoring the title or cinematographic influence – will immediately associate with vast windy flatlands, scintillating icy lights, Antarctica in all its splendour – and dangers, as Scott’s expedition ended tragically, that’s the least one can say. As a complement to the programme, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (where they are used to the great cold!) and Andrew Davis provide us with Vaughan Williams’s Concerto For Two Pianos: initially created in 1933 for a single piano, the work was adapted to two pianos in 1946 in light of the tremendous difficult piano part, and the composer also took the opportunity to change a few sections. Here it is performed by two Canadians, Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier. And finally you’ll discover the Four Last Songs sung by Roderick Williams, a kind of Vaughanwilliamsian equivalent to Strauss’ own Four Last Songs, even though Vaughan Williams’ four songs were first orchestrated after his death, by Anthony Payne in 2013 – scrupulously following the composer’s orchestral habits. A beautiful musical testament, created during the last few months of his life. © SM/Qobuz
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 5 maart 2012 | Sony Classical

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Choc de Classica - Exceptional sound
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 7 april 2015 | PentaTone

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 4 maart 2016 | CPO

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Gramophone Editor's Choice - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik
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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 2 oktober 2015 | BR-Klassik

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or de l'année - Diapason d'or - Le Choix de France Musique
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 maart 2011 | Naxos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - Hi-Res Audio - La Clef RESMUSICA
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 30 september 2008 | Chandos

Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 10 de Classica-Répertoire - Exceptional sound
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 maart 2015 | Solstice

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles de Classica - Hi-Res Audio