DVORÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E mnor, Op. 95 "From the New World." American
Suite, Op. 98b.
Bamberg Symphony Orch/Robin Ticciati, cond.
TUDOR SACD 7194 TT: 67:13
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SITT: Six Album Leaves. GLASUNOV: Elégie. VIERNE: Two Pieces for Viola.
VIEUXTEMPS: Elegie, Op. 30. LISZT: Romance oubliée. KREISLER: Romance,
Op. 4. KODÁLY: Adagio.
Tabea Zimmermann, viola/ Tomas Hoppe, piano
MYRIOS CLASSICS SACD MYRO 14 TT: 63:40
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SAY: Silencnce of Anatolia. Tyzen: Farewell Etude, Op. 55. Memory.
JULIAN: Impromptu, Op. 9. QIGANG: Instante d'une opera de Pekin. ZIAOHAN:
Childhood. XILIN: Piano Concerto, Op. 46.
Chen Sa, piano/ Taipei Chinese Orch/Chung Yiu-Kwong, cond.
BIS SACD 1973 TT: 81:54
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Another SACD of Dvorák's most popular symphony? Already there are many
superb performances, those by : Iván Fischer, Jansons and Marin Alsop
are outstanding and all have been mentioned on this site. However, this
new version with the Bamebrg Symphony, recorded in the Joseph Keilberth
Con cert Hall in December 2013, is very special. Robin Ticciati, currently
music director of the Scottish Camber Orchestra, also is music
director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has guest conducted many
major orchestras, and is principal guest conductor of the Bamberg Synonym.
This is one of the most exciting interpretations of From the
New World you'll hear. The orchestra is outstanding, and the engineering
team has provided a rich, detailed orchestral sound. The spirited account
of American Suite is another plus. This is an outstanding addition to
the SACD catalog.
German violist Tahea Zimmerman is one of the leading masters of the
instrument. She won numerous competitions and appears often with
leading orchestras and conductors. She also is a highly regarded teacher
currently is professor of viola and chamber music at the Hannes Eisier
Academy of Music in Berlin. This beautiful SACD features Zimmerman in
a wide variety of music much of which is quietly reflective, so appropriate
for this important instrument that plays such an important part in all
orchestras. There also is opportunity for virtuoso display, dispatched
with the greatest ease. Thomas Hoppe is the admirable pianist in this
recording made in the warm acoustics of an unidentified venue; no recording
date is given but program notes are dated 2014. A lovely SACD!
The brilliant young Chinese pianist Chun Sa was featured in a fine SACD
on Pentatone of the Chopin concertos (REVIEW).
Now we ave her on this BIS disk of quite different repertory,
beginning with music of Turkish pianist/composer Fazil Say. This
site enthusiastically welcomed two disks of his orchestral
music, Mesopotomia Symphony/Universal
Symphony (REVIEW), and Istanbul Symphony/Hezarfen
Concerto (REVIEW). Silence of Anatolia is
the title he gave to his PIano Concerto No. 3 written in 2001 heard here
in a version for piano and Chinese orchestra. This is filled with mystic
sounds and pulsing rhythms, an exotic listening experience indeed—what
a welcome change from the usual Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff et al! . Thus
is followed by five brief piano pieces by Chinese composers, mostly of
impressionistic nature, and the SACD ends with the knockout Piano Concerto,
Op. 56 by Wang Xilin (b.1937) also in an arrangement for piano and Chinese
orchestra, which includes many unusual folk instruments. This has three
movements, with a duration of 30:30, premiered
in November 2010 with Chun Sa as soloist. The concerto represents
deep resentment of theChinese Cultural Revolution as a counter balance
to the Yellow River piano concerto, to the memory of many gifted
suffered or were killed during the Revolution. This is music of violence,
battle and confrontation, heavily scored for percussion which blasts
out angry rhythms seemingly endlessly, usually overpowering the piano.
The second movement is a brief respite from the mayhem which returns
in the third movement, which ends rather quietly, almost apologetically
after all of the bombast. Although not clarified in SACD notes, it sounds
very much as if human voices are heard in the final movement—could these
sounds be produced by folk instruments? At any rate, it is a touching
ending to a wild concerto that probably will be a great challenge for
most listeners. All of this music has been captured in stunning audio,
although the "surround effect" is quite limited. Highly recommended for
the adventurous!! I will llisten often to this intriguing issue!
R.E.B. (April 2015)
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