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]
Per Nørgård (b.1932): Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 / Oslo PO, John Storgårds
William Lawes (1602-1645): "Complete Music for the Solo Lyra Viol" / Richard Boothby, lyra viol
Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012): Works for Choir & Organ. "Deo" / Edward Picton-Turbervill, organ
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
Italian Renaissance Madrigals - "Helper and Protector: Italian Maestri in Poland" Works by Marenzio, Pacelli, Bertolusi / Eamonn Dougan, The Sixteen
Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978): Symphony No. 2 "The Bello; Lermontov Suite / Russian PO, Dmitry Yablonsky
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
Dedication - Piano Works by Liszt, Schumann & Chopin / Nicholas Angelich, piano