SIMPSON: 20 A yres for Two Trebles and Two Basses. Four Divisions.
Chelys Consort of Viols/Dan Tidhar, chamber orchestra and harp;sichord. James Akers, therebo, baroque guitar
BIS SACD 2153 TT: 59:38
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BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 in D minor
Hamburg Philharmonic Orch/Simone Young,
OEHMS SACD 693 TT: 59:01
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LINN SACD "SURROUND SOUND COLLECTION" 0 Volume 7
LINN SACD 537 TT: 56 min.

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English composer Christopher Simpson (1601-1669) is a legendary figure in the world of the viola da gamba. . He wrote several books about how to play the instrument, and how to hold it, also composing many works for it. This BIS SACD offers a collection of works ranging from somber to lively. Chelys, a group of young British violists assisted by Dan Tidgar (chamber organ and harpsichord) and James Akers (theorbo and baroque guitar). . The disk contains the world premiere recording of 20 Ayres for Two Trebles and Two Basses, as well as Four Divisions. The performances doubtless are authentic, and have been recorded with uncommon presents and clarity. Profuse program notes are included and surely all lovers of string music will wish to investigate this unusual SACD.

Simon Young continues her admirable BrucknBrycknerer symphony series with this superb performance of Symphony No. 9. The Hamburg Philharmonic, which music director she has led since 2006, plays magnificently, and the Oehms engineers have captured their rich Brucknerian sounds with clarity and impact. Young is an extraordinary musician, as expert in opera as in symphonic music, respected throughout the musical world, the first female conductor to be invited to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic (2006).

This latest SACD display disk from LINN again offers a wide variety of music from their catalog. It is volume 8 in this series and as in the past it contains a wide range of music from jazz to classical, although many of the tracks are hardly of demonstration quality, although all are well recorded. This series is mid-priced, and playing time is less than an hour. LINN has some terrific SACDS, but this is hardly a showcase for them.

R.E.B. (September 2015)

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