RAVEL: Le tombeau de Couperin. Daphnis and Chloé -
Suite No. 2. DUTILLEUX: L'arbre des songes. Métaboles.
BACH: Gloria in Excelsis Deo
BIS a;ready has issued numerous Bach recordings by Bach Collegium Japan under their distingjuished directork Masaaki Suzuki, manhypraised on this site. They have recorded all of Bach's sacred cantatas, to international acclaim. TTo the limitd number of DVDvideos we can add this superb new issue of Bach's Gloria in EscExcelsis Deo, recorded in February 2013. First-class and memorable all the way, beautifully photographed and recorded with natural balances. A 25-minute bonus features interviews with performers. A major issue for those who love Bach choral music.
There are many fine videos of Wagner's final opera, Parsifal, and numerous audio-only historic versions by Knappertsbusch, Solti. Karajan and many others. For the historic check out the remarkable Karl Muck recording of excerpts recorded 1927/1928 in which we hear those amazing original huge "Parsifal bells," available from PRISTINE CLASSICS. This latest version was recorded June/July 201 2 at the Dutch National Opera, and offers little competition for the others. The cast is not exceptional—Wagner singers are rather scarce today.All involved in the production have some rather arbitrary ideas that diminish Wagner's masterpiece. The director is Pierre Audi, sets were designed by Anishj Kapoor, lighting is by Jean Kalman, costumes are by Christof Hertzer. The Du†ch choruses are excellent, and a major plus is the Rioyal Concertgebouw conducted by Iván Fischer. What a pleasure it is to hear this orchestra playing this glorious music! Audio is rich and full but little use is made of rear speakers. If you are looking for a powerful presentation of Parsifal, look beyond this.
R.E.B. (August 2017)