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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 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 4 mei 2018 | Signum Records

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Record of the Month - 5 étoiles de Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 februari 2019 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Balletten - Verschenen op 4 september 2020 | Signum Records

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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 7 september 2018 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Choc de Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 3 november 2014 | Halle Concerts Society

Hi-Res Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 30 juni 2014 | LSO Live

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 9 oktober 2012 | LSO Live

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 januari 2008 | Chandos

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Symfonieën - Verschenen op 5 augustus 2016 | BIS

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Award - Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Balletten - Verschenen op 30 november 2018 | Onyx Classics

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It was an excellent idea to bring together the Suite from Rimski-Korsakov's Golden Cockeral with the complete ballet The Firebird by Stravinsky on one single album. We specify "complete ballet" because he often records one of the three suites that were later established for the concert hall rather than for the ballet. The idea is brilliant in that it highlights the heavy influence of Rimsky-Korsakov on the young Stravinsky, whose Firebird logically pursues the magical orchestral sounds developed by Rimsky-Korsakov. Not to mention that The Golden Cockeral> precedes The Firebird only by one year, 1909 for the first, 1910 for the latter. And suddenly, the old master appears in all his mind-blowing modernity! The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is here under the precise and sharp direction of Vasily Petrenko, who underlines all the subtleties of both scores. © SM/Qobuz
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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 1 maart 2001 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Record of the Year - The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Hi-Res Audio
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 1 februari 2005 | Chandos

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Soundtrack - Verschenen op 31 juli 2020 | denovali records

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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 27 januari 2009 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 4 étoiles Classica
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Symfonische muziek - Verschenen op 23 maart 2018 | Onyx Classics

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Balletten - Verschenen op 1 april 2007 | Chandos

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles du Monde de la Musique - Hi-Res Audio