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BEST ORCHESTRAL FINDS OF 2013


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Andreae: Pno Conc, Constk (pno), Vn Conc, Rhap (vn); Pavri/Altenburger/Andreae/Bourn SO [Guild]
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Swiss-born Volkmar Andreae (1879-1962) is best remembered as a great conductor who was asked at one point (1911) to succeed Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) as head of the New York Philharmonic. However, he chose to remain in Switzerland where he presided over the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich, for... Continue
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Andriessen, H.: Sym 1, Bal Ste, Sym Etude, Kuhnau Vars; Porcelijn/Neth SO [CPO]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Mention the name Andriessen to Dutch music enthusiasts, and most will think you're referring to Louis (b.1939, see 7 May 2006). But it's his father Hendrik (1892-1981) who's featured here. We've already told you about some of his chamber works (see 12 April 2010), and CPO now gives us a sampling of orchestral oeuvre that includes the first of Hendrik's four symphonies. Hearing this appealing CD, we're happy to note it's marked as the first volume in what will be... Continue
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Blake, C.: Angel at Ahipara, Night Journey to…, Christ at…, Anthem on…; Young/NZSOStgs [Atoll]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Not long ago we told you about some outstanding chamber music on the New-Zealand-based Atoll label by one of that country's most revered composers, Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001, see 28 November 2012). Now we get a welcome follow-on of four suites for string orchestra from a compatriot of his, Christopher Blake (b. 1949). Although Blake's music came later (2000-8) than the Lilburn referenced above, it's much in... Continue
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Blumenfeld, F.: Sym in c "À la mémoire…"; Catoire: Sym in c; Yates/RScotNa O [Dutton]
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Dutton pulls more rabbits out of their magic hat of repertoire surprises with this latest "International" series release (see 8 February, 14 May, 19 October, and 7 November 2012) featuring the rarely heard sole symphonies of Felix Blumenfeld (1863-1931) and Georgy Catoire (1861-1926). With nothing more to go on than the composers' names, most listeners would probably guess these works were of the German and French schools respectively, but that's far from... Continue
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Chabrier: Bourré…, Gwendoline Ov, Lamento, L'Étoile (3 excs), etc; N.Järvi/SwisRom O [Chandos (Hybrid)]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 SACD)
Over the past year Chandos and indefatigable conductor Neeme Järvi (b. 1937) have given us audiophile SACDs of old favorites by Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921, see 31 July 2012) and Franz von Suppé (1819-1895, see 25 February 2013). Now along with the world-renowned Orchestra of the Suisse Romande (OSR), they turn their attention to some equally beloved chestnuts by... Continue
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Ghedini: Architetture Conc for Orch, Contrappunti, Marinaresca...; Soloists/Vecchia/Rome SO [Naxos]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Conductor Francesco La Vecchia and the Rome Symphony Orchestra (OSR) have given us several outstanding discs with the symphonic music of twentieth century Italian composers Alfredo Casella (1883-1947, see 23 July 2010), Franco Ferrara (1911-1985, see 17 August 2011), and Goffredo Petrassi (1904-2003, see 18 February 2013). Now they serve up another featuring three orchestral works by Giorgio Federico Ghedini (1892-1965). These are the only currently available modern day... Continue
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Grieg: Vn Sons 1-3 (arr vn & orch Kraggerud & Lund); Kraggerud/Tromsö ChO [Naxos]
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Billed on the album cover of this new Naxos release as "Three Concerti for Violin and Chamber Orchestra," these are actually arrangements done last year (2012) of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's (1843-1907, see 22 March 2012) three violin sonatas. Considering he wrote one of the world's best loved piano concertos but never one for violin, they're intriguing teasers for what he might have... Continue
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Hickey: Cl Conc (stg orch), Vc Conc; Fiterstein/Kouzov/Lande/StPeteStAcad SO Stgs/StPeteSt SO [Delos]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Many know Sean Hickey (b. 1970) as one of the guiding lights at Naxos, who's helped it become the largest classical music label and distributor in the world. Besides being an astute business man, he's also one of America's up-and-coming composers judging from an earlier highly successful CD of his chamber music (2005), and the two concertos on... Continue
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Jongen: 3 Sym Mvmts; Samuel, A.: Sym 6; Brabbins/RFlem P [RFlem P]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
This invaluable release gives us world premiere recordings of two Belgian orchestral sleepers. Separated by sixty years, they include Joseph Jongen's (1873-1953) last work, Trois mouvements symphoniques (Three Symphonic Movements) written in 1951, and a symphony by Adolphe Samuel (1824-1898) from... Continue
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Lukaszewski: Sym 2, Sinfta..., Trinity Conc, Adagietto, Gaudium…; Soloists/Borkowski/PodlC&PO [DUX]
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Fans of Lutoslawski (1913-1994), Panufnik (1914-1991, see 25 May 2011), and/or Henryk Górecki (1933-2010) are in for a real discovery with this new release from DUX featuring selections by a younger compatriot, Pawel Lukaszewki (b. 1968). Educated in Poland, this up-and-coming composer has won many awards, received commissions from all around the world, and had his works performed internationally with... Continue
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Mancinelli: Scene veneziane Ste, Cleopatra Intrmzos (1 & 3 of 6); Vecchia/Rome SO [Naxos]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Luigi Mancinelli (1848-1921) studied in Florence, began his career as a cellist, and would go on to become a renowned opera conductor in Rome, Madrid, London and New York City, where he was associated with "The Met" from 1893 through 1901. In his day he was also a composer of some note who wrote a modest number of works in all genres. And going by the sampling of his symphonic efforts on this new release from Naxos, it would seem he was a very accomplished one at that! These are... Continue
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Mann, G.H.: Cl Conc, Vn Conc, Festival Prel, Ste 3 (orch); Bäumer/Osnabr SO [CPO]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Having just finished a series of CDs devoted to Jan van Gilse's (1881-1944) completed symphonies (see 7 November 2012), CPO now gives us another Dutch treat with the only currently available recordings of four orchestral works by his earlier compatriot Gottfried Hendrik Mann (1858-1904). Jan was German-trained and his music accordingly shows it, but there's a relaxed lyrical feeling about Gottfried's that's... Continue
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Martinu: Early Orch Wks V1 (Little Dance Ste & 4 others); Hobson/SinfaVars [Toccata]
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This is the first of six projected CDs from Toccata Classics surveying forgotten early works of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959, see 13 July 2012). Four of the five included here predate his move to Paris in 1923, where he'd study and live until 1941, and all have glimmers of those stylistic traits which would distinguish his mature work. Their outstanding melodic content, solid construction and colorful orchestration easily justify this long overdue revival! These are the only recordings of... Continue
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Scott, C.: Pno Conc (rlz Yates), Vc Conc (rlz Yates et al), Pelleas… Ov; Soloists/Yates/ BBCCon O [Dutton]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Like Percy Grainger English-born Cyril Scott (1879-1970) was a member of the "Frankfurt Group." He makes a welcome return to these pages (see 21 December 2012) on this new Dutton release featuring three of his early works. The result of some scrupulous reconstruction and editing, all are... Continue
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Suppé, F. von: 8 Ovs, 3 Marches, Humorous Vars, Fatinitza Medley; N.Järvi/RScotNaO [Chandos (Hybrid)]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 SACD)
Remember that terrific Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) disc we told you about (see 31 July 2012)? Well Neeme Järvi, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and Chandos team-up once more to give us another spectacular hybrid, CD(2)/SACD(2/5.0), symphonic release. This time around the program includes some of the greatest warhorses ever written. There are also a couple of rarities in what must be the ultimate compendium of works by a composer whose full name is one for... Continue

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