Notes & Reviews:
American Record Guide, November/December 2014
This is a collection of reissues from about 20 years ago. The performances of Wooden Prince and Miraculous Mandarin are of the full ballets. The much later Hungarian Pictures (1931) is full of bright colors and responds well to Jarvi's extroverted approach. The violin problem noted above is still in play. Concerto for Orchestra is the only performance here by the Scottish National Orchestra. Jarvi's approach is straightforward, squared up, detailed, and bold. It is striking. Christopher Palmer's notes are fascinating and detailed.
This '241' rerelease brings together the best performances by Neeme Järvi of the music by Bartók, taken from his extraordinarily prolific recording career with Chandos Records. The four works span the composer's career and include some of the greatest music Bartók ever wrote.
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Edward Gregson (b.1945): Dream Song; Aztec Dances; Horn Concerto; Concerto for Orchestra / Wissam Boustany, flute; Richard Watkins, horn
Brahms: Clarinet Trio; Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Ian Brown (piano), Paul Watkins (cello), Michael Collins (clarinet)
Fauré: Piano Quartet No. 2; Piano Trio (clarinet version); Trois romances sans paroles / Richard Hosford, clarinet; Philip Dukes, viola
Khachaturian: The Battle of Stalingrad; Othello - film score suites / Viktor Simcisko, violin; Jana Valaskova, soprano
Julius Röntgen: The Late String Trios, Nos. 13-16 / Offenburg String Trio
Peter Warlock: Choral Music / Rachel Haworth, organ; The Carice Singers
Sibelius: Suites - Pelléas et Mélisande; King Christian II; Swanwhite / Sakari, Iceland SO
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet; Clarinet Trio; 6 Songs / Martin Frost, clarinet; Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Maxim Rysanov, Roland Pontinen
Beethoven: Prometheus / George Petrou, Armonia Atenea