Notes & Reviews:
On May 29, 2013, Rilling will celebrate his 80th birthday! For this occasion Rilling has compiled a special collection documenting his legacy with Haenssler Classic over the decades, featuring recordings of his most admired and critically acclaimed works. They show the conductor's profound understanding of Bach and equal familiarity with masterpieces of later eras.
The impetus for compiling this ambitious set is that the works included here comprise the personal canon of conductor, Helmuth Rilling. For collectors who previously overlooked these performances, there is much to admire. While one may quibble with various interpretive and/or stylistic details, it can be safely noted that in the main, Rilling’s views are eminently persuasive and impeccably rendered. The sound throughout is warm, spacious and transparent. To be sure, there is intense competition for most of the pieces represented here. That said, the Franck and Mendelssohn benefit from any clear cut alternatives. The Britten, notwithstanding the excellence of Rilling’s realization is simply no challenge to the definitive composer led recording. On balance, a fitting tribute to an important musician. The excellent program notes include an appreciation by Friedrich Hanssler.
Submitted on 08/19/13 by Allen Cohen