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BEST ORCHESTRAL FINDS OF 2015


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Farkas: Orch Wks V3 (Old..., Piccola…, Ob Conc, Ricordanze, Aria e…, etc); Soloists/FrLiszt ChO [Toccata]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Those readers who loved Toccata Classics' previous two volumes of Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas' (1905-2000) music (see 8 September 2014) will probably want this third installment. However, be advised he was one of those composers who loved to rearrange his previous creations. Consequently you may already own works of his having much in common with what's here. That said, three of the eight selections as presented on this release are first recordings indicated by "FR" after... Continue
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Ibert: Le Chevalier errant (sym ste), Les Amours de Jupiter (cpte bal); Mercier/LorrNa O [Timpani]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
French composer Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) makes a long overdue first appearance in these pages with this music from two of his ballets. These are world premiere recordings.

The first is a half-hour symphonic suite he extracted from his forty-five-minute choreographic epic after Cervantes (1547-1616) entitled Le Chevalier errant (The Wandering Knight, 1935-6). The parent... Continue
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Jongen: Tableaux..., Sarabande…, Ste (va & orch), Pages…; Braude/Haeck/RLiège PO [MusEnWal]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Belgian composer Joseph Jongen (1873-1953) makes a welcome return to these pages (see 15 November 2013), with this new Musique En Wallonie release. Forced to flee his home country when Germany invaded it at the start of World War I (WWI; 1914-8), he and his family moved to England, where all of the pieces on this CD were written. Three of them as done here are the only recordings currently available on disc, and are accordingly marked "OCAR" after... Continue
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Kraggerud: Equinox (24 Postludes in all Keys for Vn & Chbr Orch); Kraggerud/Arctic P ChO [Simax]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Reading the album booklet, which includes a kooky narrative concocted by Norwegian author Jostein Gaarder (b. 1952) along with violinist-composer Henning Kraggerud (b. 1973, see 12 July 2013), and the gimmicky program underlying Equinox (2014), leaves one not knowing what to expect on first hearing this premiere recording!

From the conceptual standpoint suffice it to say the music... Continue
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Pigovat: Holocaust Requiem, Poem of Dawn; Serova/Guerini/CroatR&TV SO [Naxos]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
You'd never guess it from their titles, but these two works are for viola and orchestra. They're by Boris Pigovat (b. 1953), who makes his CLOFO debut with this Naxos release. Born and trained in Russia, he immigrated to Israel in 1990, where both pieces were written. This disc will also introduce many to one of today's most outstanding violists, Russian-born, Anna Serova. Poem of Dawn, which is dedicated to her, receives its world... Continue
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Rode, P.: Vn Concs V4 (2 & 8), Vars on "Nel…", Intro & Vars on Tyrolean...; Eichhorn/Pasquet/Jena PO [Naxos]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
This is the fourth installment in Naxos' exemplary ongoing revival of all thirteen violin concertos by French violinist-composer Pierre Rode (1774-1830; see 30 March 2015). This time around we get the 2nd and 8th, leaving only 11 and 12 to be accounted for in the concluding fifth volume. We're also treated to a couple of shorter pieces for violin and orchestra making a total of four selections, all of which are world premiere... Continue
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Rudorff: Sym 3, Vars on an Original Theme; Beermann/Bochum SO [CPO]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
With this release conductor Frank Beermann and the adventurous CPO label continue their exploration of undeservedly neglected orchestral rarities (see 15 December 2014), giving us some by German composer Ernst Rudorff (1840-1916). This being the only disc of his music currently in circulation, chances are you've never heard of him. And any that have probably remember him as a pioneering... Continue
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Suchon: Baladická suita, Metamorfózy, Symfonietta rustica; N.Järvi/EstNa SO [Chandos]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
The disappearance of Bratislava-based Opus Records a few years ago made it much harder to find modern day CDs of music by twentieth century Slovak composers. However, Chandos and enterprising conductor Neeme Järvi now help fill the gap with this release of three orchestral works by Eugen Suchon (1908-1993). These are the only recordings of them currently extant on... Continue
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Wagenaar, J.: Sinfta, Elverhöi, Frühlingsgewalt Ov, Amphitrion Ov, Le Cid Ov; Hermus/NWGer P [CPO]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
It's been five years since CPO's first installment of symphonic Dutch treats by composer Johan Wagenaar (1862-1941; see 15 January 2010), but you'll find this second volume well worth the wait. Three of the five selections are the only currently available recordings on disc, and so indicated by "OCAR" after their titles.

Unlike his compatriot Julius Röntgen (1855-1932, see the... Continue
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Weigl, K.I.: Pno Conc (left hand), Vn Conc ; Krumpöck/Frühwirth/Hermann/Krumpöck/NGerRos P [Capriccio]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Remember Ignatz Waghalter (1881-1949; see 31 May 2015)? Well oddly enough Austrian composer Karl Ignaz Weigl was born the same year, and would also become an American émigré, who'd die in 1949. Like Waghalter he was of Jewish descent, and fled Europe with his family in the late 1930s to escape the rising tide of... Continue

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