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ORCHESTRAL AUGMENTED CAPTIONS
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The index below lists augmented captions for "BEST FINDS OF LAST YEAR", CROCKS Newsletter reviews of the "ORCHESTRAL" genre, which earned their "BEST FIND" stripes back then (see the CLOFO homepage). They're alphabetically listed by caption category, i.e., "COMPOSER", "PERFORMER" or "ALBUM TITLE", under similarly marked headers.

Each augmented caption ends with a "Continue" link that not only calls up the parent newsletter, but moves to the starting point of its associated review. What's more, there's a product "AVAILABILITY" table below the commentary, showing retail web sites that stock the subject album. Clicking a retailer's name invokes their corresponding product page, thereby facilitating the ordering process.


ORCHESTRAL
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Bricht: Orch Wks V1 (Sym in A, Sym Ste, Verwehte Blätter); Constantine/FortWay P [Toccata]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Walter Bricht (1904-1970) was born in Vienna, and his father was a noted music critic of Slovakian origin. The boy’s mother was a famous lieder singer and pianist, who became his first teacher. Walter then went on to study at the Vienna Conservatory where he was famed, Austrian composer Franz Schmidt's (1874-1939; see 30 September 2016) favorite pupil.

After graduating in 1928, Walter began a highly successful career as a pianist, composer, conductor and teacher. However, being of Jewish ancestry, his days in Europe were numbered with the rise of the Nazis and their... Continue
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Diethelm: Syms 1, 3, 4 "Homage…", 5 "Mandala", Sym Ste "Saturnalia", Sym Prologue; Held/RScotNa O [Guild]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (3 CDs)
Around three years ago, Guild issued a superb album of music by Swiss composers, which featured a profound choral symphony by Carl Rütti (b. 1949; see 30 September 2015), and some captivating short works for string orchestra by his older colleague Caspar Diethelm (1926-1997). This left many listeners wanting to hear more of Caspar's symphonic fare, which hasn't been available until this recent, three-CD Guild release. It's a significant sampling of same that well makes up for the wait!

By way of background, he first studied music in his hometown of... Continue
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Gipps: Syms 2 & 4, Knight in Amour, Song for Orch; R.Gamba/BBCWalNa O [Chandos]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
British composer Ruth Gipps (1921-1999; see 21 December 2012) makes a long overdue reappearance in these pages with this recent Chandos release. A piano prodigy, she studied at the Royal College of Music, then Durham University, and could count Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958; see 16 December 2013) as well as Gordon Jacob (1895-1984; see 28 February 2018) among her instructors. She'd subsequently become an accomplished pianist, oboist, conductor and composer.

"Wid", as she was known to her friends, would leave a substantial oeuvre, which... Continue
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Groslot: Vn Conc, Conc for Orch; Kurkowicz/Groslot/Brus P [Naxos]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Around ten years ago, violinist Joanna Kurkowicz introduced us to six wonderful concertos for her instrument by one of the twentieth century's finest women composers, Graznya Bacewicz (1909-1969; see 9 September 2009 & 16 August 2011). And now she gives us another winner by Belgian composer Robert Groslot (b. 1951).

Robert has had a distinguished career as an international concert pianist, conductor and highly regarded teacher, who's held several important academic positions. Along the way he's also become a self-taught composer with a significant number of orchestral pieces to his credit. The two filling out this new Naxos release are both world premiere... Continue
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Kakhidze, V. Pno Conc, Amazons Sym Ste (fm bal), Conjugations; V. & D. Kakidze/Tbilisi SO [Cugate Cl]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
This intriguing new release from Cugate Classics features a father-son team from Tbilisi, Georgia, namely Djansug (also spelled Jansug, 1935-2002) and Vakhtang (b. 1959) Kakhidze. Vakhtang composed all three selections included here between 1980 and 1989, when their country was still part of the Soviet Union, and both men appear as conductors.

In that regard, Djansug achieved great acclaim during his years on the podium, and became known as "the Georgian Karajan". Consequently, after Vakhtang graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (MC) in 1981, he went on to study conducting with his... Continue
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Kernis: Dreamsongs (vc & orch), Va Conc, Conc w... (orch), etc; Roman/Neubauer/Kernis/Miller/RNorth Sinfa [Signum]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
This significant Signum release adds another Ivy Leaguer to these pages (see 31 August 2016), namely Aaron Jay Kernis (b. 1960). He's a member of the faculty at Yale School of Music, which was Charles Ives' (1874-1954; see 31 December 2011) old alma mater, and now one of America's most honored composers, with around 130 works to his credit. What we have here are three of his more recent ones (2009-14) in the concertante genre.

Dating from 2013 and titled Dreamsongs, the first selection is a concerto written for and dedicated to our soloist, cellist Joshua Roman. Atypically in only two... Continue
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Martinu: Early Orch Wks V3 (Ballade after Böcklin's..., Dream of…, Vanishing... ); Kopacka/Hobson/SinfaVars [Toccata]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
As far as surveys of neglected, twentieth-century, orchestral music go, this one from Toccata devoted to Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu's (1890-1959) early works is one of the most enlightening now underway (see 31 July 2016). Here they give us another three selections, these being the only readily available versions currently on disc. Two are world premiere recordings indicated by "WPR" after their titles.

Proceeding chronologically, the first dates from 1914-15, and is the only surviving one of four symphonic dances. Titled Ballada k Böcklinovu obrazu: Villa na Mori... Continue
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Pal: Starling Triple Conc (vn, vc, pno & orch), Into the Wonder Sym; Post/Gryphon Trio/ThunderBay SO [Analekta]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
A few weeks ago we told you about a superb CD of string quartets by three Canadian composers (see 31 March 2018). And on the heels of that, Analekta gives us a couple of orchestral selections by one of their compatriots, Jordan Pal (b. 19??), who hails from Toronto, Ontario. He first studied music at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, then in his hometown, where he got his master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Toronto in 2007 and 2011 respectively.

He's since become one of Canada's most highly regarded, up-and-coming... Continue
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Patterson, P.: Vn Conc 2 "Serenade" (w G.Jacob & Leighton); Howick/Llewellyn/BBCScot SO [Naxos]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Naxos scores big-time with this new release devoted to world premiere recordings of three British violin concertos written between 1952 and 2013. You'll find them a refreshing change from those earlier, twentieth century ones, where the violin wages a pitched battle against immense orchestral forces. Moreover, these are conservatively scored works with refined dialogues between soloist and tutti.

The first composer represented is Paul Patterson (b. 1947), who studied at the Royal Academy of Music (RAM), London, and has had a distinguished teaching career there. He's... Continue
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Poling: Gtr Conc 1 "Concierto De Chiaro"; Ste 2 "Along These..." (stg orch); De Chiaro/Poling/Lon SO [Centaur]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Kermit Poling (b. 1960) makes his CLOFO debut with this new Centaur release. A distinguished conductor and virtuoso violinist, he's also one of America's most up-and-coming composers, who's written a modest number of works in the symphonic and chamber music genres. The two selections filling out this CD are in the former category, these being the only recordings of them currently available on disc.

Both are elegantly crafted, immediately accessible pieces that have lasting appeal,, and the program begins with his guitar concerto of 2016 called... Continue
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Urspruch: Pno Conc, Sym; Triendl/Fritzsch/Bosch/NWGer P [CPO]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
German pianist-composer Anton Urspruch (1850-1907) makes his first appearance in these pages with this recent, "twofer", bargain-priced release from CPO, featuring a couple of his rarely heard orchestral pieces. These are the only recordings of them currently available on disc

Born in Frankfurt, Anton was a promising young pianist, who'd study with Franz Liszt (1811-1886) and his right-hand-man Joachim Raff (1822-1882; see 29 March 2015) in Weimar. He then returned to his hometown, where he'd become a highly regarded teacher. Urspruch would leave a modest number of works across all genres, which stylistically... Continue
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Van der Pals: Sym 1, Frühling, Herbst, Wieland der Schmied; Goritzki/Hels SO [CPO]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
He was first taught by his maternal grandfather, who was director of the renowned Conservatory in that city, and would go on to study in Lausanne, Switzerland (1903-7). He then took up residence in Berlin for the next eight years (1907-15), and established many, important musical contacts. These included compatriots Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915) and Reinhold Glière (1875-1956), both of whom greatly influenced his music.

The year 1915 saw Leopold move back to Switzerland, where his career burgeoned. However, in 1922, his wife came down with a severe illness, and for the next eleven... Continue

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