BRUCKNER:: Symphony No. 8 in C minor. MOZART: Symphony No.
38 in D, K. 504 "Prague." MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrection."
WEBER: Oberon Overture. BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D, Op.
61. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op 68.
SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto No. 2 , Op; 22. Piano Concerto
No. 5. Op. 103 "Egyptian"
THOMAS STEVENS performing Stravinsky, Carter, Dela Vega, Hamilton,
Lazarof, Budd, and Chavez
Dutch conductor Bernard Haitink (b. 1929) continues his active concert career appearing with major orchestras throughout the world. He was principal conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw 1951 - 1988, and held positions with many orchestras including the Boston and Chicago Symphony orchestras. He also conducted extensively with the Royal opera. Haitink has recorded profusely for various labels and has a huge discography, mostly with the Royal Concertgebouw. He also had a three-year association with Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, and many of his live performances with them have been released. Now we have this six-disk set featuring repertory listed above. Haitink had previously recorded all of this music but these new releases still are welcome. The Bruckner Eighth and Maher Resurrection are particuylarly fine. The Bruckner is mighty indeed, Haitink's finest available recording of the work. Throughout the engineers have captured a full, rich, we-balanced sound. This is a budget reissue, a welcome compilation.
French pianist Bertrand Chamayou (b. 1981) has won numerous prizes and awards, Ge has a keen interest in contemporary music and, although he has recorded Schubert, Liszt, Ravel and Chopin, he also has played concertos of Thomas Ad¡es and Essa-Pekka Salonen. On this new Erato CD, Chanaytou is back to music of his native France, an all Saint-Saëns program featuring Concertos 2 and 5 and a generous collection of works for solo piano, some relatively unknown and seldom recorded. In addition to the familiar Allegro appassionato, Op. 70, we have four etudes and a number of other miniatures. And of course the two concertos are given grandiose readings with strong accompaniment from the French orchestra under Emmanuel Krivine's sensitive direction. The recordings were made 2017/2018 in Paris Radio France studios, and the engineering is excellent. Presumably the three other concertos and the composer's other works for piano and orchestra (Africa, Rhapsodie d'Auvegne, Wedding Cake), along wi oher woks for pian solo also will eventually appear. A fine issue!
The musical world was saddened by the death of remarkable trumpet virtuoso Thomas Stevens. Born in 1938, he died July 14 2018 after a long distinguished career. In addition to his solo career, he was first trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic 1971 - 2000, appointed by Zubin Mehta. Stevens has made many recordings, particularly for the Crystal label, and the latest is this collection of earlier recordings never before issued on CD. We have music of Stravinsky, Elliott Carter, Aurello De La Vega, Iain Hamilton, Henri Lazaroff, Harod Budd and Cartos Chavez. Some of this music is dedicated to Stevens. He is joined by Mario Guarneri and Roy Poper, trumpets; Ralph Grierson, piano, and several others. Excellent audio, and a welcome addition to the catalog played by one of the true masters of the instrument
R.E.B. (January 2018)