DAVIES: Symphony No. 10. PANUFNIK: Symphony No. 10
Nordic Songs by Sibelius, Grieg, Stenhammar and Alfven
This new LSO LIVE SACD is of particular importance. It featured the world premiere recording of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Symphony No. 10, which was commissioned by the LSO, October 20, 2014. The disk is filled out with Symphony No. 10 by Sir Andrzej Panufnik from a concert in February 2014, both concerts taking place in London';s Barbican Hall. Davies omposed most of his his Symphony 10 while in the hospital being treated for leukemia. It describes the story ofg the tragic 17th century architect Francesco Borromini (1599-1667). with narrative by a baritone soloist along with chorus. It is a dark work that surely will challenge all audiences, but we can be sure that it here receives its definitive performance under Antonio Pappano's direction. The conductor is quoted in program notes speaking eloquently about this work and his admiration for it. Panufnik's Symphony Nol 10 was commissioned by Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony for their centenary. Originally Panufnic plammed to write a bold virtuoso display work, but it surely didn't end up that way. It is relentlesslty gloomy and dissonant, ending slowly—hardly an audience pleaser. The Davies symphony is the prime interest on this release.
Swedish soprano Camilla Tilling is highly respected for her performances of a wide range of repertory which includes coloratura roles early in her career that now focus ers on baroque opera, and Mozart. Brahms and Mahler. Here she sings a group of lieder by native composers. all sung with total technical command and a beauty of sound. Many of these songs have. been recorded by other leading sopranos including Kirsten Flagstad, Kisso Bjoerling, Birgit Nilsson and Elisabeth Söderstrom. However, Tilling's performances are of the same quality. All are with adept piano accompaniment by Pau; Rivinius. Te texts and translations are provided, and the BIS engineers have provided a very natural aural setting .
Katherine Bryan is a young British flutist at the beginning of a promising career. She has given many concerts and since since 2003/ She is impressively showcased on this BIS called Silver Bow featuring familiar works written for violin here played on the flute. It is fascinating to hear this music played on the flute, and the concept works well. Throughout we are aware that a true master of the instruent is involved; and in some of the works, particularly the Paganini Caprice, she produces some impressive—and sounds one would not expect from the instrument. . She is given superb support from the Scottish orchestra, and BIS has captured all of this with their usual expertise. l A fine, andinteresting SACD.
R.E.B. (()ctober 2015)