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Carl Nielsen: Symphony No.4 'inextinguishable'; Scriabin: Poem of Ecstasy / Mehta, Los Angeles PO

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
>Scriabin, Alexander : Le Poème de l'extase (Poem of Ecstasy), symphony [No. 4] in C major, Op. 54
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Eloquence is a series of classical recordings culled from the archives of Decca and Deutsche Grammophon and originating from Australia. One of the most critically-acclaimed of classical reissue series in the world today, the series presents music for the casual buyer as well as increasingly for the connoisseur. Recordings on the Eloquence series have received the highest international critical acclaim for imagination and inventiveness. Most of all, it is noted for the resurrection of numerous analogue recordings hitherto unreleased on CD. Several have been given a 10/10 rating on ClassicsToday.

Among the highlights of this series have been the systematic exploration of the Decca recordings of Ernest Ansermet, Zubin Mehta, Peter Maag, Josef Krips, Kirsten Flagstad, István Kertész, Imogen Holst, Christopher Hogwood as well as such iconic ensembles as the Vienna Octet, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and The Consort of Musicke. They have received the highest critical praise and most of them appearing on CD for the first time. In some cases Hogwood, Fitzwilliams, Consort of Musicke the artists have contributed introductory notes. Forthcoming is a survey of the Decca recordings of Alicia de Larrocha and the Deutsche Grammophon recordings of Lazar Berman and Irmgard Seefried.

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
These are reissues of London LPs from 1967 (Scriabin) and 1974 (Nielsen). That was a time when Mehta recordings from Los Angeles, starting with Petrouchka, were valued by LP collectors for their sound. The Scriabin was well-rated in its time, and it still sounds good. Its colorful romanticism and effects were a natural for Mehta back then, and the trumpet soloist plays well. The reading holds together well. These new remasterings are good.



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>Nielsen, Carl : Symphony no 4, Op. 29 "Inextinguishable"
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Ensemble: Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 33 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Scriabin, Alexander : Le Poème de l'extase (Poem of Ecstasy), symphony [No. 4] in C major, Op. 54
  • Conductor: Zubin Mehta
  • Running Time: 20 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1905-1908