BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F, Op. 90. DVORAK: Symphony No. 8 in G, Op. 88.
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra / Jakub Hrusa, cond.
TUDOR SACD 1743 (2 disks) TT: 38:59 & 36:57
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HAYDN: The Seven Last Words of Christ. Andante con variazion in F minor.
Nicolas Stavy, piano
BIS SACD 2429 TT: 62:55
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LISZT: Mephisto Waltz. Benediction de Dieu dans la solitude. BACH-BUSONI: Nun komm' der Helden Heiland. BWV 659. BACH-LISZT: Weinen, Klagen, Soirgen, Zagen. BACH-SILOTI: Praeludium h-moll. PROKOFIEV: Suggestion diabolique , Op. 4 No. 4. MESSIAEN: Le baiser de l'enfant-Jesus. LIGETI: L'escalier du diable.
Katharina Treutler, piano
ARS SACD LC 06900 TT: 67 min.
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Czech conductor Jakub Hrusa has enjoyed a long association with Czech orchestras. In 2015 he was appointed Music Director of the Bamberg Symphony, a position he will hold until at least 2016. He has made numerous recordings, some of which have been praised on this site: Kodaly and Bartok Concertos for Orchestra (REVIEW), and Dvorak's Cello Concerto (REVIEW). This new SACD is a companion to a previous issue (also two disks), of Symphony No. 4 of Brahms, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 9. This new release contains Symphony No. 3 of Brahms and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8. There are countless superb recordings of each work, and these new entries are not competitive. There is nothing special about these. Particularly disappointing is the Dvorak in which the French horns in the finale are understated. Another debit is the limited playing time of each disk. Skip this one.

Haydn was enthusitic about a commission in 1785 to provide a musical setting f The Seven Lst Words of Christ to be played by a small orhestra. He later made another version for string quartet, one for chorus and orchestra, and a version for solo keyboard. It is the latter that is featured on this new BIS SACD played by pianist Nicholas Stavy. As a substantial filler, we have one of Haydb's most famous works, the Andante and Variations in F minor. Stavy gives eplendid performances, and is as effective in this music as he was in his recent disk of music of Fauré (REVIEW).

Young German pianist Katharina Treutler displays formidable technique and refinement on this superb new disk of music mostly associated with the Devil. It begins with a powerful virtuoso reading of Liszt's Mephisto Waltz followed by several arrangements of music of Bach by List and other composers We also have Prokofiev's tour de force Suggestgion diabolique, and the program ends with a brilliant etude byh Ligeti. Treuther can be seen playing mjuch of thuis music on YTou Tube. The ARS engineers have done a fine job in conveying magnificent piano sound.

R.E.B. (August 2019)

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