MAHLER: Symphony No. 8 in E flat. "Symphony of a Thousand"
Orla Boylan, Celena Shafer, Amy Owens, sopranos. Charlotte Hellekant,
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-sopranos. Barry Banks, tenor. Markus Werba,
Jordan Bisch, bass. Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Choiristers of the Madelene
Choir School. Utah Symphony Orchestra / Thierry Fischer, cond.
REFERENE RECORDINGS SACD FR 725 (2 disks) TT: 22:07 + 57:34
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GILL: Before the Wrestling Tides. (201). Serenada Concertante (20:13).
Notturno Concertante (2014).
Ching-Yun Hu, piano. Marsh Chapel Choir. Erin Hannigan, oboe. Chris
Grymes, clarinet. Bostobn Modern Orchestra / Gil Rose, cond.
BMOC SACD 1055 TT: 56:44
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Songs about Love by Torbjørn Dyrud, Nina T. Karlsen & Mari
Skeie Ljones. Karlheinz Stockhausen,l
Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur: La Voix Du Bien. and Frank Havrøy performed
96 directed by Nina T. Karlsen with Mari Skeie Ljones, fiddle.
2L 140 two disks (one SACD, one DVD audio) TT: 44 min.
The Utah Symphony, founded
in 1940, was directed by Maurice Abravanel 1947 - 1979. During
his tenure he made many recordings for the Vanguard label.
These included a complete set of Mahler symphonies, recorded
from the mid-60s
- mid-70s. These were fine performances, very well recorded in stereo,
and they are still available. Thierry Fischer has been conductor since
2009. He already has presented all of the Mahler symphonies in concert,
and some time ago this site praised his SACD of Symphony No. 1 (REVIEW). There
are dozens of recordings of Mahler's mighty available in all formats
including historic performances conducted by Leopold
Stokowski (REVIEW), Jascha Hotenstein (REVIEW),
and Dimitri Mitropoulos. This new Utah version surely is among the
best. Recorded during performances February 19/20, 20116 at the Salt
Lake Utah Tabernacle, it has seven outstanding soloists (particularly
the sopranos), and the superb Mormon Tabernacle Choir is impressive.
Judging from the photo, it seems the choruses aren't quite as large
as Mahler intended, but they surely produce a thrilling,
Thierry Fischer again shows he is a master of Mahler in this perfectly
paced performance that builds to a thrilling conclusion. Another plus
is the recorded sound. Dirk Sobotka was the producer, John Newton
the recording engineer, and they have provided a most natural sound
picture/.Solo voices are clear but not overly prominent. This
is a multi-channel recording, but rear speakers provide only ambient
How impressive it would have been had the extra brass of
the finale been placed in the rear. Complete texts and translations
are provided for the symphony along with identification of all members
of the orchestra and chorus. This is a superb addition to the Mahler
discography. Those who love this symphony surely also will wish to
investigate the videos conducted by Riccardo Chailly and Gustavo
Dudamel's recording, the only one that actually uses the huge chorus
Mahler wanted. This new Reference Recordings issue
occupies two disks; it seems odd they didn't put it on a single disk,
as with today's technology it would have
BMOC continues their important series of premiere recordings
of music by American composers with this disk devoted to Jeremy Gill.
He is at
the beginning of an exciting career. The New York Times described
his music as "wildly colored," and they surely gave an apt
obviously is a master of orchestration, and his music often is challenging
for the average listener, with blaring discords. This SACD
contains three recent concertos. Before the Wrestling Tides
to be performed as a companion piece to Beethoven's Choral Fantasy.
The premiere was given February 2013 featuring pianist Chung Yun and
Choir. The work really is a piano
concerto. an odd one at that. .The chorus is heard only in the final
five minutes of the work singing a text by Hart Crane from Voyages
II. Serenada Concertante is
for oboe and chamber orchestra, and Notturno concertante is
a clarinet concerto
with large orchestra. Each of these features the soloist who gave the
premiere: Erin Hannigan, oboist, and Chris Grymes, clarinetist. Both
are wizards of their instruments—you will hear sounds you never
thought the instruments could make. All three pieces are compelling listening
and recorded with natural, wide-spread sound that captures the distinctive
sonic picture perfectly. A remarkable SACD, highly recommenced!
Previous recordings by the
superb 24-member choral group Ensemble 94 have been praised. Now we have
another disk, his one devoted to a variety
about all aspects of love. Music of composers listed above is featured
in these songs about different facets of love: passion, lust, prayer,
longing, humor, playfulness, and joy. The recording was made in Norway's
Uraniemborg Church April and September 2016, and engineers have captured
a totally natural sonic perspective in the multi-channel audio. Complete
texts and translations are provided. The only debit is that the program
is so brief (44 min), not much for a premium-price issue. There are
two disks with the same program, one SACD, the other Blu Ray audio.
R.E.B. (November 2017)
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