DEAN: Etüdenfest for strings nd obbligato piano (2000). Shadow Music for small orchestra (2002). Short Stories, five interludes for string orchestra (2005). Testament, music for orchestra (2008).BEETHOVEN (arr. Dean): Adagio molto e mesto from String quartet in F, Op. 59 No. 1.
Swedish Chamber Orch/Brtett Dean, cond.
BIS SACD 2194 TT: 65:40
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GALLI: Sonata for Solo Cello. ANTONI: Ricercata Decima for cello solo. GABRIELLI: Sonata in G for cello and b.c. TELEMANN: Sonata in D for cello a nd b.c. BOISMORTIER: Sonata in G for cello and b.c. BOCCHERINI: Sonata in B flat for cello and b.c. Sonata in A for cello and bc.
Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann, baroque cello. Björn Gäfvert, harpsichord. Karl Myhlin, baroque guitar
BIS SACD 2214 TT: 70:11
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BUTTERWORTH: The Banks of Willow Green. Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad (orch. Kriss Russman). A Shropshire Lad. Two English Idylls. Suite for String Quartet (arr. for string orchestra by Kriss Russman) Love Blows as the Wind Blows. Orchestral Fantasia (completed by Kriss Russman).
BBC National Orchestra of
Wales/Kriss Russman, cond.
BIS SACD 2185 TT: 75:32
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Australian composer/conductor Brett Dean (b. 1961) is one of his generation's leading composers. He also is a master violist and played with the Berlin Philharmonic for 14 years. His works include orchestral; choral and solo instrumental music.. BIS is to be commended for their enterprise in giving Swedish performers the opportunity to have their playing available on recordings. Dean is Artist-in-Residence with several orchestras including the Swedish Chamer Orchestra which he leads on this recording in three of his own works. Etüdenfest, . Shadow Music, and Short Stories. CD give detailed information about all three. Also included is a work called Testament, which is Dean's adaptation of the Adagio from Beethoven's Op. Op. 59 No. 1 Quartet, in which Dean empohbasizes the composer's torment as he became deaf. This is, to me, the most interesting music on this disk. I've listened several times to the others and there is nothiung there that I would choose to experience again. However, Dean is a leading respected composer - sample it and you might have a different reaction. Excellent performances throughout, and the usuaol BIS quality engiuneering.

Mime Yamahiro Brinkmann studied cello in Tokyo focusing in historic performance techniques on the baroque cello and viola da gamba, then in the Hague. She has an active concert career and currently teaches baroque cello in Stockholm's Royal College of Music. On this SACD, for some unidentified reason called called Cello Rising, we hear early baroque music ranging from Degli Antonii to Luigi Boccherinie. Expert performances of this repertory, recorded June 2015 at the Petruskyrkan, Danderyd (Stocksund),in Sweden. The instrument is recorded close-up and one can hear the sound of rosin. If this repertory intrigues you, here it is. The CD booklet includes some rather inane comments by the artist.

Many years ago this site praised a Chandos SACD of Butterworth's On the Banks of Green Willow with the London Symphony directed by Richard Hickox (REVIEW). Now we have more music of this outstanding British composer available on SACD, including three world premiers. We have six songs from A Shropshire Lad orchestrated by Kriss Russman, who also arranged the Suite for String Quartet for string orchestra, and he completed one of Butterworth's final works, the Orchestral Fantasia. The composer only completed 92 bars, so the work has been reconstructed tastefully by Russman I. It is unusual in that scoring does not include either harp or timpani. It is rather brief (8:36) but an important addition to the limited Butterworth library.In addition to these premiere recordings we also have the other works listed above. James Rutherford is the fine baritone soloist in Love Blows as the Wind Blows and the six Shropshire Lad songs. Complete texts are provided. Performances are outstanding, and the recording made in January and September 2015 in Haddinott Hall in Wales, is very good. An outstanding issue!

R.E.B. (September 2016)

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