HEINO SCHUBERT: Magnificat, Tryptichon über den Vill.Ton. REUBKE:
94th Psalm. BAUERSACHS: Die Bergpredigt, Op. 36. HESSENBERG:
Fantatia über Sonne
der Gerechtigkeit, Op. 66. LEONARDY: Improvisation über Nun
jauchzt dem Herren, alle Welt
BRAHMS: Sonata in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1. Sonata in E flat, Op. 120
No. 2. Trio in A minor, Op. 114.
RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27. Scherzo. Dances from
The two Audite SACDS are welcome additions to the catalog. The
organ disk features Bernhard Leonardy performing on the large Klais/Mayer
Organ of the Basilica St. Johann in Saarbrücken. The title comes from
the organist's virtuoso improvisation on "Ride Up, O Judge of the Earth,"
but also features works by Heino Schubert, Bauersachs, Hessenberg and
of the most famous works for organ, Reubke's 94th Psalm. CD notes include
comments by sound engineer Thomas Becher who states the listener in
surround sound is facing the Great Organ and console, with
explanation of various directional effects and where they can be found
on the disk. Additional commentary is available at this WEBSITE Sonic
quality is big-scale and natural throughout.
Paavo Järvi's Cincinnati Symphony recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 cannot match the superb Budapest Festival/Iván Fischer version on Channel Classics, either interpretively or sonically (see REVIEW). Telarc's sound is ultra-clear, almost microscopic in detail. Järvi's reading brings uncovers some orchestral detail not usually heard, but lacks the overall big-scale sound necessary for Rachmaninoff's score. This symphony should have a grand luxurious sound; it doesn't here.
R.E.B. (March 2007)