MAHLER: Symphony No. 2 in C minor "Resurrecrtion."
Music from The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Carmen,
Gianni Schicchi, Madama Butterfly, Romeo and Juliet, Faust, Rusalka,
Bess, and The Merry Widow.
BRAHMS: Sonata No. 1 in C, Op. 1. Fantasies, Op. 116. Variations on
a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 9
This site previously has mentioned numerous recordings of music of Mahler with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Willem Mengelberg had a close association with Mahler and presented almost all of his works as they were written. We are fortunate to have a fine broadcast performance of Symp;hony No. 4 from 1939, a remarkable audio glimpse of the past. The Mahler tradition has continued throughout the years. Recently there was a three-year Mahler festival and performances from that Festival were issued oln video several years ago, all ten symphonies, with eight different conductor (REVIEW). In that set , Symphony No. 5 was conducted by Daniel Gatti, who in 2016 was appointed Music Director. He is considered to be one of today's finest Mahler conductors, evident in this live performance of Symphony No. 2 September 18, 2016.First-class all the way, with rather close miking but big, rich sound. Impressive indeed. This stands up well compared with the Orchestra's earlier recordings ked by Bernard Haitink, Riccardo Chailly and Mariss Jansons. This performance also is available on DVD. Recommended!
Should your interests include opera arias transcribed for flute, here is a disk that features Katherine Bryan. This remarkable artist already has recorded acclaimed disks of a wide variety of music, and a disk of music for violin and piano arranged for flute and piano. Now, in a much lighter vein, we have this group of operatic arias in tasteful arrangements. All are played with beauty of tone, and virtuosity when required. Program notes are provided for each selection. The recording was made in London's Leeds Town Hall May 10 - 11, 2017. This is a pleasant SACD of generally familiar music presented in a new fashion.
British pianist Jonathan Plowright (b. 1959) continues his fine BIS series of piano music of Johannes Brahms with Volume V. This couples the familiar Fantasies, Op. 119 with the lesser-know Sonata No. 1 and Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann. Excellent playing throughout, and the pianist's Steinway Grand has been captured with uncommon fidelity by the BIS engineers in this recording made in January of this year. A superb series!
R.E.B. (December 2017)