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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7560 on: May 15, 2018, 11:52:09 PM »
I’ve never really liked his Mahler nor his Prokofiev. I find them fabricated, assembled, Ikea-style, so to speak. Maybe te Münchners will teach him the style  :D.

I think, no joke, that that was part of the reason for his taking the job. To really acquire an 'authentic' handle on the central European repertoire they are known for.

His Mahler in London I may not like much, but it DID get better and better. His Fifth, as originally performed, was awful and canned. They added it at the end of the cycle and it's a good performance. His 8th is creditable. His Wagner used to be atrocious http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2006/02/kirovs-parsifal-may-have-no-pulse-but.html; by the time he's recorded the last bits of the Ring (isn't he overdue for completing it?), the results are very good. As far as his London recordings are concerned, I feel tepidly towards many but his Scriabin is terrific and his La Mer is very good, too.

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7561 on: May 16, 2018, 04:16:05 AM »


I have this excellent box on my shelves. 3 cds are with Gergiev (Borodine symphonies, Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible and Shostakovich’s 7th symphony). It’s all really excellent. In russian repertoire he is usually a master colourist. The LSO Prokofiev symphonies are good, but no more, totally eclipsed IMO by Leinsdorf Boston or Ormandy Philadelphia, for example. Gergiev is one of today’s most recorded maestros, but you can’t be good at everything...

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7562 on: May 16, 2018, 04:58:10 AM »


I have this excellent box on my shelves. 3 cds are with Gergiev (Borodine symphonies, Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible and Shostakovich’s 7th symphony). It’s all really excellent. In russian repertoire he is usually a master colourist. The LSO Prokofiev symphonies are good, but no more, totally eclipsed IMO by Leinsdorf Boston or Ormandy Philadelphia, for example. Gergiev is one of today’s most recorded maestros, but you can’t be good at everything...
What are the Rachmaninov performances like Andre?
I'm pleased that the box contains Prokofiev's Ivan the Terrible in a fine recording. I prefer the work to Alexander Nevsky.
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7563 on: May 16, 2018, 06:09:24 AM »
Gergiev only conducts the last 3 discs. The others are by previous Music Directors David Zinman and Edo de Waart. The latter is the conductor in the Rachmaninoff symphonies. They are very good, recorded in superb sound. Bear in mind that de Waart is anything but an emotional conductor.  ‘Tasteful, unfussy’ describe his style well. Mind you, it suits my own tastes, so I enjoy these Rach symphonies all right !

All 10 CDs are devoted to russian repertoire, a strange fit for Rotterdam maybe, but better that than a disparate, chocolate box-like assortment.

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7564 on: May 18, 2018, 05:52:29 PM »
A new recording of Roussel's Evocations:




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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7565 on: May 18, 2018, 10:38:32 PM »
Gergiev only conducts the last 3 discs. The others are by previous Music Directors David Zinman and Edo de Waart. The latter is the conductor in the Rachmaninoff symphonies. They are very good, recorded in superb sound. Bear in mind that de Waart is anything but an emotional conductor.  ‘Tasteful, unfussy’ describe his style well. Mind you, it suits my own tastes, so I enjoy these Rach symphonies all right !

All 10 CDs are devoted to russian repertoire, a strange fit for Rotterdam maybe, but better that than a disparate, chocolate box-like assortment.

Not a strange fit for Rotterdam at all, thanks (mainly) to Gergiev, who conducts them on a regular basis since 1988. Chief conductor fom 1995 to 2008. Honorary conductor since then.
From 1996, they organize the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival, which has become a musical/cultural 'hit'.

https://gergievfestival.nl/en-us/
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7566 on: May 19, 2018, 03:44:30 AM »
Traveling now but here is a teaser of some July releases I'm seeing in the database, which will all get posted on my return next week...

- Sheila Arnold's new piano recital covers Debussy, Takemitsu, and Cage
- BIS has an SACD of the London Symphony playing Walter Piston's Symphony No. 6, Samuel Jones's Symphony No. 3, and Stephen Albert's Symphony No. 2
- BIS also has a release from living composer Albert Schnelzer featuring works with titles like "Brain Damage: Concerto for Orchestra", "Tales from Suburbia", and "Re-arrange Me 'til I'm Sane"
- the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet records Kalevi Aho
- Bavouzet Haydn Vol. 7
- PentaTone will have Shostakovich Symphonies 4 and 10 with the Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev
- and Igloo Records is releasing an album by the Flat Earth Society

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7567 on: May 19, 2018, 04:54:34 AM »








Brian already mentioned this.  Most enticing.





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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7568 on: May 19, 2018, 11:03:54 AM »
Gerd Schaller has orchestrated the quintet in F by Bruckner. It was played earlier this month in Bad-Kissingen and a recording is forthcoming - to be issued this summer.

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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7569 on: May 19, 2018, 06:33:13 PM »
Gerd Schaller has orchestrated the quintet in F by Bruckner.

...because what the Bruckner canon was really missing was orchestral music??
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Re: New Releases
« Reply #7570 on: May 19, 2018, 07:10:10 PM »
Good point! Now I will get started on that piano trio reduction of the Eighth...

(Gerd Schaller's recordings have been surprisingly satisfying.)