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BEST ORCHESTRAL FINDS OF 2016


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Bristow: Sym 2 "Jullien", Rip van Winkle Ov, A Winter's Tale Ov; Miller/RN Sinfa [New World]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
As far as commercially available recordings of American music are concerned, this one is a long overdue, most welcome addition. George Frederick Bristow (1825-1898) was born in Brooklyn, and showed an early musical talent. He would study violin, piano and composition entirely in New York, where he'd pursue a highly successful lifelong musical career. This would include freelancing as a soloist, conducting and... Continue
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Carrillo, Julián: Sym 1, Theme & Vars for Orch, Ste 1 for Orch; Zapata/SanLuisPot SO [Sterling]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
The Sterling label lives up to its reputation as a source of long lost classical music treasures with this release. Here they introduce us to three outstanding symphonic works by little known Mexican composer, Julián Carrillo (1875-1965). These are the only recordings of them currently available on disc.

Born some twenty miles northwest of... Continue
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Daugherty, M.: Tales of... (vc & orch), American... (orch), Once... (org & orch); Bailey/Jacobs/Guerrero/Nashv S [Naxos]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
One of America's most popular modern day composers, Michael Daugherty (b. 1954) writes larger-than life, programmatic symphonic music with immediate appeal. Naxos continues their survey of it with this collection of three recent works, each of which seems more brash and cinematic than the last. All are world... Continue
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Klenau: Sym 9; Soloists/Schönwandt/DanNa CnC&SO [Dacapo]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (2 CDs)
Paul von Klenau (1883-1946) was born in Copenhagen, but left his native country as a young man for Germany and Austria, where he'd complete his musical training, and establish himself as a successful composer-conductor for most of his life. However, increasing deafness meant the end of his conducting career, and in 1939 he returned to Denmark, where he'd live out his... Continue
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Koch, E.: Syms 3 & 4 (Sinfa Seria), Impulsi, Nordiskt Cap; Hammarström/Swed RSO [BIS]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Last year we told you about three little-known Swedish composers (see 30 September and 31 December). Now BIS records introduces us to a fourth named Erland von Koch (1910-2009), who makes his CLOFO debut with this release.

The son of artistic parents, his father Sigurd (1879-1919) was also a composer, whose friends included... Continue
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Lindberg, M.: Vc Conc 2, Al largo, Era; Karttunen/Lintu/Fin RSO [Ondine (Hybrid)]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 SACD)
The last time Finnish composer Magnus Lindberg (b. 1958) appeared in these pages, we told you about one of his ever growing number of concertos (see 21 October 2013). Now on this new Ondine hybrid, CD(2)/SACD(2/5.0), release we get his second for cello along with two other occasional symphonic pieces. All three are brilliantly scored, coloristic creations, these being the only recordings of them currently... Continue
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Moszkowski: Fackeltanz, Don… (6 airs), Habanera, Gondoliera, Prés…, Aux…, Spanische…; West/SanFrBal O [Reference]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Not long ago we told you about an exceptional CD of chamber music by Polish-born composer Moritz Moszkowski (1854-1925, see 31 January 2016), who left a substantial body of works across all genres. Now here's an equally outstanding disc with seven for orchestra. And a groundbreaking release it is, considering most are world premiere recordings, which are marked "WPR" after their... Continue
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O'Brien, C.: Cpte Orch Wks V2 (2 Conc Ovs, Scottish Scenes, Mazurka, Berceuse); Mann/Liepaja SO [Toccata]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
This is the second installment in Toccata's ongoing three volume survey of Scottish composer Charles O'Brien's (1882-1968) complete orchestral works (see 31 August 2015). All five selections on this disc are first recordings, a couple of which appear thanks to the considerable editorial efforts of conductor Paul Mann. He also wrote the album's superb program notes that include detailed analyses of these works. Consequently, rather than second guessing Maestro Mann, we'll limit ourselves to... Continue
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Torke: Three Manhattan Bridges (pno & orch), Winter's Tale (vc & orch); Yang/Albers/Miller/Albany SO [Albany]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
Born and trained in America, Michael Torke (b. 1961) has established himself as one of today’s most sought after composers. Having written a substantial body of works that fall into every genre, the two on this Albany release are among his most recent (2014-5), and feature the same artists who premiered them. Concertos at heart, both are brilliantly scored, and abound with that exhilarating vitality typically found in his... Continue
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Weinberger: 6 Bohemian...(orch), Ov to…, Passacaglia (org & orch); Strodthoff/Albrecht/BerGer SO [Capriccio]
RECOMMENDED BEST FIND (1 CD)
If there was ever a "one-work" composer, it would have to be Jaromír Weinberger (1896-1967, the piece in question being the polka from his first opera Švanda dudák (Schwanda the Bagpiper, 1926). It's another of those ever popular tunes familiar to all, but no one remembers who wrote it. This new Capriccio release may help change that!

Born in Prague to Jewish parents, he began his musical... Continue
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Weiner, Leó: Csongor... (cpte bal), Ballad for Cl & Orch (va vers); Szücs/Csányi/JubG C/BudaMÁV SO [Naxos]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Born in Budapest, Hungarian composer Leó Weiner (1885-1960) makes a long overdue appearance in these pages with this new Naxos release. He displayed an early interest in music, and initially taught himself by studying scores of distinguished past composers. Then at age 16 he went on to complete his education at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in his home town, where he'd win many prestigious... Continue
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Zimmermann, B.: Sinfonie (1951), Giostra Genovese, Conc Stg Orch, King Ubu's Supper Music; Hirsch/ColWDR O [Wergo]
AUDIOPHILE BEST FIND (1 CD)
Born near Cologne, Germany, composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970) would study at the University of Music there (CUM) beginning in 1937. But with the outbreak of World War II (1939-45), he was drafted into the German Army, and would serve until 1942, when he was released for medical reasons. He then resumed his education, and 1946 saw him become a part-time freelance composer, writing music... Continue

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