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Classical - Released April 29, 2016 | Chandos

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Classical - Released January 1, 2002 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

Hi-Res Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Hi-Res Audio
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Classical - Released November 19, 2013 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released November 13, 2015 | Chandos

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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | PentaTone

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The Franck D minor Symphony can be a treacherous undertaking for almost any orchestra. Its highly repetitive nature sets the trap for what could be a boring, monotonous performance if not executed with a great deal of forward-moving energy and attention to nuance. Fortunately, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under the direction of Marek Janowski does not fall into this trap. The first movement is very driven. The fateful three-note motive, presented in all its permutations of augmentation and diminution, is kept interesting and is highlighted even when it may otherwise be obscured by other material. The second-movement Allegretto is quite graceful with admirable consideration of dynamics. The cyclical Finale is still able of maintaining the listeners interest by never losing momentum and making clear the return of motives and themes from the previous two movements. While the better-known Franck symphony receives top billing on this album, Ernest Chausson's Symphony in B flat is a shining example of a student surpassing his teacher. Chausson's handling of the orchestra seems much more deft and natural. While elements of Franck's teaching are quite clear, so too are the influences of Wagner and Debussy. The sweeping melodies and lush accompaniments are again handled with the utmost attention to detail by Janowski and the OSR. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2013 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released October 29, 2013 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released November 28, 2005 | Warner Classics

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released September 2, 2016 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released March 4, 2016 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | PentaTone

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Manuel de Falla’s richly evocative music erupts in a riot of colour in this vibrant new recording from Kazuki Yamada with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Works included are the ever popular Noches en los jardines de España and El sombrero de tres picos as well as movements from La vida breve and El amor brujo. The sultry warm atmosphere of an Andalusian night is almost palpable in Falla’s spellbinding Noches en los jardines de España. With its shimmering, sensuous harmonies, exquisite orchestral colours and exuberant melodies and rhythms, it’s perhaps Falla’s most impressionistic work. Using a large orchestral canvas on which he paints with deft, luminous strokes, Falla skilfully integrates a virtuoso piano part to create lovingly evocative music, full of captivating beauty. Elsewhere with the sensational ballet El sombrero de tres picos, Falla conjures up music steeped in Andalusian culture which is boisterous, full-bloodied, and urgent. It’s impossible not to be swept along by the drama in this orchestral showpiece. By turns lyrical, sensuous, or dramatic, the meticulously written score is full of surprises and the work positively bristles with wit, energy and exuberant intensity. (Text label)
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Classical - Released June 14, 2019 | PentaTone

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The monumental and colourful sounds of the organ and symphony orchestra blend together perfectly on this splendid recording of Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony, Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Strings and Timpani and the Toccata from Charles-Marie Widor’s Organ Symphony No. 5. The majestic organ chords at the start of the final movement of Saint-Saëns’ Symphony equal the sublime effect of Beethoven’s choral conclusion of his Ninth, and have made it an audience’s favourite straight from the moment of its 1886 premiere. Poulenc’s Organ Concerto shows the composer’s retrospective side, while simultaneously offering flashes of his stylistic playfulness. After Poulenc’s serene Concerto, Widor’s Toccata offers a vibrant conclusion to this programme. © Pentatone
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Classical - Released January 1, 2002 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released September 21, 2018 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released May 6, 2014 | Chandos

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In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the operas of Jules Massenet were regularly performed and quite popular, and even though he was increasingly regarded by his colleagues as old-fashioned, works such as Manon, Werther, and Thaïs continued to be staged around the world, right up to the present. However, a full-fledged revival of Massenet's earlier works has yet to occur, and the ballets and other pieces extracted from Le Cid, Le roi de Lahore, Phèdre, Les érinnyes, and Don César de Bazan are unlikely to make this 2014 Chandos release an instant hit with the public. Bearing in mind that there are always delightful melodies and attractive scenes in Massenet's best music, listeners with even a slight appreciation of French Romantic music will find something to enjoy here. Also, considering the indefatigable efforts of Neeme Järvi and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande to expand the concert repertoire with neglected but admirable orchestral music, they are quite successful at what they set out to achieve. However, the single drawback of this album is the absence of Massenet's greatest hit, the Méditation from Thaïs, which is offered separately as a free download at the label's website. That may lure listeners to explore other offerings in the catalog, but owners of this SACD should have received the track up front, without being required to switch from the multichannel format to a digital file. Even so, the absence of the widely available Méditation isn't a deal breaker for those who choose to explore Massenet's less familiar but charming music, which is well represented. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released November 16, 2010 | PentaTone

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Classical - Released April 5, 2011 | PentaTone

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Marek Janowski's recordings of Anton Bruckner's symphonies for PentaTone are among the finest renditions available, and they are also among the best sounding SACD releases on this extraordinary label. Working with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Janowski presents the Symphony No. 7 in E major with stunning clarity, generous warmth, spacious dimensions, and profound feeling, and the orchestra responds with some of the best playing in its storied history, with technique and expression to match the conductor's exacting standards. Admirers of Bruckner's symphonies know how tricky they are to interpret, in light of the myriad versions and editions in existence and the differing opinions about the composer's intentions. Fortunately, the Seventh Symphony is one of the least controversial, and the Nowak edition Janowski uses is frequently recorded, so it is familiar to fans. (Note for purists: this performance includes the unauthorized cymbal crash at the Adagio's climax, which is the only point of contention in this recording.) Since there is no special case to be made for the symphony's edition, all that's necessary is to listen to the magnificent playing and to take in the majestic pacing of this symphony, which is one of Bruckner's most popular works. Because Janowski and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande have had great successes with this and the last two Bruckner symphonies, listeners in search of great performances should give them a try, and audiophiles should regard them as required listening. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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Classical - Released June 3, 2014 | PentaTone

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This hybrid SACD by Kazuki Yamada and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande is a sonic extravaganza, presenting vibrant dance music in glorious sound and demonstrating why the post-Romantic era produced some of the most sumptuous orchestral waltzes ever composed. With representative selections by Richard Strauss, Franz Liszt, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Ferruccio Busoni, and Franz Schreker, the program abounds with lavish colors, daring harmonies, exciting displays of technique, intensely passionate expressions, and above all, powerful dance rhythms. Yamada has a great feeling for this opulent style, and he inspires the orchestra to play with full sonorities, athletic energy, crisp accentuation, and clear details, all of which contribute to the excitement of the performances. Strauss' Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome and the first sequence of waltzes from Der Rosenkavalier are perhaps the most famous selections, along with Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No. 1, though the accessibility and richness of Korngold's Straussiana, Busoni's Tanzwalzer, and Schreker's Ein Tanzspiel make them instantly appealing. Perhaps best of all is PentaTone's extraordinary multichannel recording, which gives the orchestra marvelous depth and a spaciousness that enhances the natural resonance. © TiVo