Notes & Reviews:
This incredible release was recorded live at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on the 24th of October 2015 at Valery Gergiev’s penultimate concert as Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. This explosive program marks a milestone in the Orchestra’s history- it is the first LSO Live release captured outside of Europe, and it showcases the best music-making that Gergiev and the LSO can produce. Gergiev has long been recognized for his interpretation of Stravinsky’s Firebird. “… an outstanding performance of the complete Firebird ballet. Gergiev, hands constantly aflutter, brought even the most insignificant transition passages to vivid life.” (The Guardian) Yefin Bronfman performs Bartok’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which was written as a birthday gift to the composer’s wife Ditta, and was completed only four days before the composer succumbed to a long battle with leukemia. Also included on this album are the suite version Bartok’s The Miraculous Mandarin, a thrilling story of prostitution and violence, and excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet.
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Jean Baptiste Antoine Forqueray (1699-1782): Pièces de Clavecin / Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord
J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio / Joanne Lunn, soprano; Mary Bevan, soprano; Clare Wilkinson, mezzo; Ciara Hendrick, alto; Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass; Konstantin Wolff, bass
Alina Rotaru plays harpsichord works of John Bull, William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons - "Parthenia" / Alina Rotaru, harpsichord
Josquin des Préz (1440-1521): Missa Di dadi; Missa Une Mousse de Biscaye / Peter Phillips, The Tallis Scholars
Elgar: Enigma Variations; In the South 'Alassio' / Martin Brabbins, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Alfred Hill (1869-1960): Piano Concerto; Piano Sonata; George Frederick Boyle (1886-1948): Piano Concerto; "The Romantic Piano Concerto, Vol. 69" / Piers Lane, piano; Johannes Fritzsch, Adalaide Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585): Motets & Songs / Andrew Carwood, The Cardinall's Musick
Bartók: Mikrokosmos 5; Eight Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs; Romanian Folk Dances; & more / Cédric Tiberghien, piano
Brahms: String Quartet No. 3; Lieder; Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 2 / Mojca Erdmann, soprano; Kuss Quartet