LUTOSLAWSKI: Symphony No. 3. Symphony No. 2.
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu, cond.
ONDINE SACD ODE 1332 TT: 62:00

VERACINI: Overture in B flat. Sinfonia I in G minor. Violin Concerto in D. Sonata V in C. Overture III in B flat.
L'Arte dell'arco . Fedeico Guglielmo, violin / cond.
CPO SACD 555 220 TT: 56:22

BEETHOVEN: Trio in E flat , Op. 3 for Violin, Viola and Cello. Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
Daniel Gaede, violin. Thomas Gaede, viola. Sebastian Gaede, cello. Polish Chamber Philharmonic / Woiciech Rajski, cond.
TACET S 246 (2 disks) TT: 85:22 56:22

Polish composer Witold Lutoslowski (1913 - 1994), a major 20h Century composer, first came to the attention of many via his Concerto for Orchestra (1960-1953), which became a favorie with orchestras and has been recorded often. He composed profusely, orchestral works, many concertos and chamber music. His four symphonies are major works in the repertory, and they have been recorded a number of times. Last year this site praised an Ondine release of Symphonies 1 and 4 with the Finnish Radio Symphony directed by Hannu Lintu (REVIEW). Now we have this welcome issue of the composer's other two symphonies. Symphony No. 2 dates from 1967. It has two connected movements: Hésitant and Direct. Symphony No. 3 was composed in 1983 and has five movements. Both of these are fascinating, rich, imaginative with unusual orchestral textures, often convincingly dissonant and abrasive, with busts of energetic outbursts — as well as many sensitive, quiet episodes (Symphony No. 2 ends mysteriously and softly). Both symphonies are played with the greatest virtuosity by the Finnish orchestra. The recordings were made November 2018 in Helsinki's Music Center. The multi-channel recording is outstanding, capturing all of the unusual sonorities in a spacious sonic setting. Recommended!.

French-born Francesto Veracino (1690 - 1768) was a leading violin virtuoso of his time, also respected for his music written for his iinstrument. His operas were acclaimed and rivaled those of Handel. . and his works, particularly his operas, were rivals o those by Handel. Veracini was a rather bizarre arrogant person whose antics suggested insanity. In spite of this, he was admired for both his music (which often was in the style of Vivaldi)(, and his many appearances. Violinists treasure his works for that instrument, and the CPO label has started a project to include many rare works. This is Volume II in the series and it ontains two overtures, two violin sonatas and a violin concerto. Each of the overtures actually is a five-movement suite of dances. If you enjoy this repertory, here it is in authentic period instrument performances by L'Arte Dell'Arco led by solo vioinist and concertmaster Federico Giglielmo. The recordings were made Febuary 2018 in Gabinetto di Lettura, Este, and engineers have povided a close-up unresonant sound that does not flatter the period instruments.

This site always has praised multi-channel recordings on the TACET label. This latest is devoted to Beethoven and offers the Trio in E Flat Op. 3 and the Violin Concerto. The Trio is performed by members of the Gaede family: violinist Daniel, violist Thomas, and cellist Sebastian. Daniel is soloist in the Concerto accompanied by the Polish Chamber Philharmonic directed by Woiciech Rajaski. Excellent performances all. The three Gaedes are sterling musicians and Daniel; has had a distinguished solo career. The Polish orchestra is excellent ass well—this site has praised Rajaski's Beethoven symphony recordings. There are two disks in this new set. The first is SACD with a total playing time of 85:22. It contains both works in multi-channel audio and the Trio in stereo. As collectors are aware, SACD issues contain both multi-channel and stereo versions of the program. There wasn't enough space on this first disk for it to contain the stereo version of the concerto, so Tacet has provided a second disk with a playing time of 44:58 that contains only the stereo version of the concerto, although I cannot imagine anyone would want to listen to it when the multi-channel version is available. Disk labelling is confusing. Disk One contains both works in multi-channel audio alhough the readout on my computer playback system shows only tracks for the Trio. When playted on my Oppo system, all nine tracks appear. indeed. Excellent multi-channel audio throughout with a wondeful sense of space and precise placement of instruments.

R.E.B. (February 2020)