SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY MASTERPIECES
BACH: Six Branenburg Concertos
VIVALDI: Concerto for Two Violins and Viola da gamba. Magnificat in
G minor. BACH: Harpsichord Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052. Magnificat
in D, BWV 243 Soloists, La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Le Concert des
Nationa/Jordi Savall, cond.
San Francisco Symphony Masterpieces is the title for a rather odd collection of shorter works Tilson Thomas and his orchestra have performed during recent years. All of this repertory hardly qualifies as a "masterpiece." A highlight is Yuja Wang's brilliant performance of the Litolff scherzo. The other featured work is the Blumine movement from Mahler's Symphony No. 1. All of the performances are expert, and audio throughout is rich and natural.
Collectors are fortunate to have a number of superb SACD recordings of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos. This site has mentioned those by Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music (REVIEW), Jordi Savall and Les Concert des Nations (REVIEW), and the early 4-channel recoding with Johannes Somary and the English Chamber Orchestra (REVIEW), Now we have this new contender, lovely performances of this immortal music played with great virtuosity by the period instrument Florigium. Recorded in a resonant acoustic, the close-up engineering provides more resonance than usually heard on period instruments.
A feast for lovers of Baroque music is offered in a two-disk set from Alia Vox featuring a master of the repertory, Jordi Savall and his remarkable Le Concert des Nations. Also we have distinguished soloists and the distinguished vocal group Le Capella Relial de Catalunya. Two major works are featured, Magnificats of Bach and Vivaldi, along with Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Violins and Viola da Gamba and Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in D minor. The second disk is a DVD offering the two major works and the Harpsichord Concerto, live performances
R.E.B. (January 2015)