Notes & Reviews:
For this third volume in an Ives series that Sir Andrew Davis and his Melbourne Orchestra have already made globally popular, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet takes on the challenge of the solo piano part in Symphony No. 4. The work is famous for its ubiquitous difficulties, not least the apparent impossibility of realizing many of the composer's creative intentions in a live performance, as evidenced by the forty pages of background discussion and practical advice to conductors that introduce the published score. It is complemented by the less-often-performed triptych Orchestral Set No. 2 and the Pulitzer Prize winning Symphony No. 3. This album is a "must-have" for anyone who wants to experience this monumental music under optimal conditions.
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Spohr: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 / Alfred Walter, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
László Lajtha (1892-1963): Symphonies Nos. 3 and 4 "Spring"; Suite No. 2 / Nicolás Pasquet; Pécs Symphony Orchestra
Leopold Koeluch (1747-1818): Symphonies, Vol. 1 / Marek etilec, Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2; Allegro appassionato / Romain Descharmes, piano; Marc Soustrot, Malmö Symphony Orchestra
British Tone Poems, Vol. 1 - Alwyn, Austin, Gardiner, Gurney, Vaughan Williams / Rumon Gamba, BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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Holst: The Planets; Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra / Edward Gardner, City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus; National Yough Orchestra of Great Britain
Can Atilla (b.1969): Symphony No. 2 'Gallipoli - The 57th Regiment' / Onur Senler; Angela Ahiskal; Burak Tüzün, Bilkent Symphony Orchestra
Enrique Soro (1884-1954): Sinfonia Romantica; Danza Fantastica; Tres Aires Chilenos; Andante Appassionato / José Luis Domínguez, Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile