A ClassicsToday 10/10! These performances of the Symphonies Nos. 1-3, engineered with warmth, clarity, and impact, rank with the best. The revised, enlarged Fourth Symphony is played with passion, color, and drive aplenty.
Jurowski succeeds really well in combining the visual of the score as well as its intellectual content, which makes the emotional moods tangible. The atmospheric density and varied musical substance that prevail here are not found in many other recordings.
For those who love Rachmaninov’s Vespers (All-Night Vigil) and regularly reflect in wonderment at the depth and resonance of Russian basses, this album will prove to be a banquet of delights.
Here's a nifty album of American chamber music that works on several levels. The Escher String Quartet offers a crisp reading of Barber's quartet as a whole that does not overdo the sentiment in the Adagio.
Dausgaard's management of his Bergen musicians is, as usual, exemplary as they skitter through the difficult passages that bedeviled the symphony's early interpreters. A high point in Dausgaard's Bruckner project.
Davidsen's portrayal of Leonore is gorgeous, nuanced, and compelling. She ensures the listener fully knows and feels Leonore’s thoughts and emotions, with a fulsome and richly burnished tone that is passionate and intensely lyrical.
Not only does soprano Angel Blue own Bess' classic songs but she also sings Clara's "Summertime" and Serena's "My Man's Gone Now" with equal parts power and finesse and an ability to grab the listener from the get-go.
There are 85 minutes of music on this disc. Gringolts is an exciting violinist, his technique flawless, his sound sumptuous. This is a CD every serious violinist and lover of the instrument will want to own.