Notes & Reviews:
This album has already been released on compact disc in 2015. It was subsequently garnered a GRAMMY nomination for Best Classical Engineering. Now listeners can enjoy this brilliant recording in SACD Surround Sound. These great works are interpreted by Michael Stern. Stern is in his second decade of working with the Kansas City Symphony, and during his tenure the ensemble has been hailed for its artistic ascent, organizational stability, audience growth, and original programming. The centerpiece of this album, Saint Saens' Symphony no. 3 "Organ," was completec at the height of the composer's career in 1886. Of the work, the composer wrote, "I gave everything to it I was able to give. What I have here accomplished, I will never achieve again."
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Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette / Olga Borodina, soprano; Kenneth Tarver, tenor; Evgeny Niktin, bass [Hybrid SACD]
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, WWV 90 / Stephen Gould, Evelyn Herlitzius, Georg Zeppenfelds, Iain Paterson, Raimund Nolte, Christa Mayer, Tansel Akzeybek, Kay Stiefermann. Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Thielemann [Blu-ray]
Cuong Vu/Pat Metheny: Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny *
Georgy Sviridov (1915-1998): The Snowstorm; Pushkin's Garland; Three Choruses / Novosibirsk Chamber Choir; Moscow Chamber Choir, Vladimir Minin; USSR TV And Radio SO, Vladimir Fedoseyev
Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matthew Garrison: In Movement [Slipcase]
Christopher Rouse (b.1949): Various Orchestral Works / New York PO, Alan Gilbert
Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Symphony No. 2 "The Bello; Lermontov Suite / Russian PO, Dmitry Yablonsky
Italian Renaissance Madrigals - "Helper and Protector: Italian Maestri in Poland" Works by Marenzio, Pacelli, Bertolusi / Eamonn Dougan, The Sixteen
Max Reger (1873-1916): Three Motets, Op. 110 / Sabine Czinczel, mezzo-soprano; Martin Kaleschke, tenor; Natalie Chee, violin; Anne Angerer, oboe; Andreas Rothkopf, organ; Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius