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To say that Christian Thielemann's early March 2020 Gurre-Lieder at the Semperoper Dresden didn't take place a moment too soon is something of an understatement, when less than a fortnight later Europe's international-level live music making scene had been reduced to solo recitals self-filmed on mobile phones and posted onto social media. Equally fortuitously, it was recorded live, meaning we can now all listen to this ambitious project with its international line-up that would, had 2020 turned out differently, have received a second airing the following month at the Salzburg Easter Festival.Broad brushstrokes first, and in orchestral terms there's a wonderful transparency to the sound from the Staatskapelle Dresden bolstered by members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. As for tone colour, think silvery luminosity from the upper strings and woodwind, balanced by warm, rounded richness from the brass and lower strings - it's both luxuriously warm and sharply defined, making for a heavenly Prelude and Zwischenspiel, and full-throttle drama for the conclusion of Part 2. As for the chorus, there's some thrilling singing from the MDR-Rundfunkchor and Staatsopernchor Dresden, and while “Seht die Sonne” would possibly have packed even more of a punch when heard in the hall (they are perhaps slightly further back in the sound than a studio recording might have given us), “Gegrüßt, o König, an Gurre-Seestrand!” is unequivocally edge-of-the-seat stuff. Thielemann's overall architecture is also eminently satisfying, including a notably seamless-feeling transition over the stylistic shift between parts two and three.On to the soloists, and Camilla Nylund's Tove is warm and supple, losing not an iota of its mellow roundedness as she soars up high, with the climax of her “Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick” truly tingle-inducing. Dark-toned Stephen Gould as Waldemar is ardent in love, and especially compelling in despair, always in control of his own high-register leaps. Christa Mayer's Woodtaube is rich-voiced and passionate, and Kwangchul Youn's Bauer ringing and energetic. Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke makes for a colourful and enjoyably semi- raucous Klaus-Narr; and while Franz Grundheber may no longer be in his baritone prime, his voice is deliciously expressive and multicoloured in his sprechstimme Speaker role, and with a flexibility and strength thoroughly belying his eighty-plus years.If this cast ever gets reunited post-Covid then you should beg, borrow or steal a ticket. In the meantime, crank up the volume on this, and revel in it. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz
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The piano music expert and music commentator Attila Csampai recently marveled at the “lasting impression of Gilels’s implacable precision, the energetic clarity and purity of his musical logic, the profound, unshakeable humanity of his messages and a totally unglamorous objectivity”. This new release showcases Russian repertoire, performed by Emil Gilels, with recordings made between 1940-1963. Widely recognized as one of the greatest pianists of all time, Emil Gilels led the way to the West for his generation of Soviet pianists. His American concert debut in 1955 was renowned across the country. With a repertoire ranging from Baroque to twentieth century works, he is universally admired for his superb technical control and burnished tone on recordings. © Profil
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With its generic title - "Romanze" - this superb album is likely to go unnoticed, which would be a great pity considering the quality of the works presented and their performers. Israeli opera singer Chen Reiss has chosen a programme of works for soprano and clarinet which she shares with Andy Miles, a versatile German clarinetist who, as well as being a competent soloist with the WDR Orchestra in Cologne, is a composer of film music and author of the highly successful Symphonic Jazz Rhapsody. Seemingly heterogeneous in appearance, the programme reveals rare gems, beginning with the Overture taken from the stage music for Sophocles' Oedipus King by Franz Lachner, a close friend of Schubert's who was also in contact with the fierce Beethoven. The expressive weight and seriousness of this Overture immediately outlines the drama to come. From the announcement of the joyful spring of Mozart's Schon lachet der holde Frühling to the arrival of Schubert's last spring sung by The Shepherd on the Rock (Der Hirt auf dem Felsen) in an arrangement for orchestra, this album features rare works by Ludwig Spohr and Schubert, including the sublime Romance from his forgotten Die Verschworenen singspiel ("The Conjured Ones"). The supple, sensual and charming voice of Chen Reiss does perfect justice to the delicate poetry of this early German Romanticism. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Constantin Silvestri's name has remained in the memory of some especially honed music lovers as a conductor who left a few memorable recordings, such as Litszt’s Piano Concertos recorded with the Philharmonia Orchestra and pianist Samson François. It was at this time that Silvestri left his native Romania for Paris and began to work a lot in England: in Bournemouth, first of all, where he took over the direction of the symphony orchestra from 1961 until his death in 1969, and in London, where he recorded numerous records for EMI, including the last three symphonies of Tchaikovsky and a whole varied symphonic repertoire. He became a British citizen in 1967.An excellent pianist and brilliant improviser, Constantin Silvestri was also a prolific composer, leaving an abundant catalogue of works for orchestra, chamber and vocal music. Encouraged by his compatriot George Enescu, Silvestri had the pleasure of conducting the Romanian premiere of his mentor's masterpiece, the opera Oedipe.After devoting several albums to Enescu's piano music, the Romanian pianist Luiza Borac turns her attention to Constantin Silvestri's music. The complete set reveals a very personal world, a sort of secret garden where the composer unveils his most intimate thoughts with a great sense of colour and unbridled imagination, particularly in his two Jeux d’enfants, continuing a tradition that goes from Schumann to Ravel to Mussorgsky. Suites, sonatas and popular dances are spread out until the conducting took precedence over composing, around 1955. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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