SCHOENBERG: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4. LEHAR: Fieber. FRIED: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 9. KORNGOLD: Lieder Des Abschieds, Op. 14
Christine Rice, mezzo-soprano. Stuart Skelton, tenor. BBC Symphony Orchestra / Edward Gardner, cond.
CHANDOS SACD CHSA 5243 TT: 63:36
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CARL: White Heron. What's Underfoot. Rocking Chair Serenade. Symphony No 5 "Land"
Boston Modern Orchestra Project / Gil Rose, cond.
BMOP SACD 1076 TT: 59:52

LOCTELLI: Violin Concerto in G, Op. 3 No. 9. Violin Concerto in A Op. 3 No. 11. Violin Concerto in D p . 3 No. 12
Ilya Gringolts, violn/conductor / Finnish Baroque Orchestra
BIS SACD 2445 TT: 61:49
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Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4, is his musical setting inspired by Richard Dehmel's 1898 poem. Written in 1917 for string sextet in only three weeks, the composer later rescored it for string orchestra .Daniel's poem describes a moonlit night as a woman and a man walk Transfigured Night quietly in the peaceful scene. She tells hi she is expecting a child, that he is not the father. He forgives her and the scene ends with quiet acceptance. Transfigured Night originaly was written as is a string sextet in one movement in 1899. Later he made his arrangement for full strig orchestra. There are ,many recordings both versions, and for many years the 1973 DGG recording with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic was the finest. Now we have this splendid new version conducted by Edward Gardner leading a handpicked virtuoso orchestra. Chandos has provided us with other works associated with Transfigu5rred Night. One is by Oscar Fried, German composer-conductor who was a contemporary of Bruno Walter, Felix Weingartner and Arturo Toscanini. Fried's few recordings include the first of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in 1921 (he was a close friend of the composer), and four years later recorded Strauss's An Alpine Symphony. He also made early recordings of music of Tchaikovsky, Delibes, Beethoven and Liszt. His own music is little known and we are indebted to Capriccio, a label that about a decade ago issued a CD devoted entirely to his music: Prelude & Fugue, for string orchestra, Op. 10, The Emigrants, melodrama for speaking voice & orchestra, a Fantasy based on Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel, and Transfigured Night. Fried's Transfigured Night is a brief (8:32) telling of the tory as a duet for mezzo and tenor. Orchestration clearly shows influence of Richard Strauss. Korngold's Songs of Farewell were written 1920-1921 immediately after Die tote Stadt. Texts are by Christina Rossett and Ernst Lothar dealing with loss and isolation. Excellent performances throughout in this recording made in England's Phoenix Concert Hall, Fairfield Halls, Croydon in March 2020. Complete texts and translations are provided. Engineering is excellent, well-balanced and satisfying A welcome issue!

Born in Bethesda, Maryland July 12, 1954, American composer Robert Carl studied with Jonathan Kramer, George Rochberg, Ralph Shapey, and Iannis Xenakis. Currently he is chair of the composition program at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. He has received both the Charles Ives Fellowship and a Music Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as grants from the NEA and Chamber Music America. Since 1984 he has been a reviewer on Fanfare Magazine,, and an author as well. Carl has composed profusely, symphonic, chamber, keyboard and vocal music. On his first disk for the BMOP label we have four of his more recent works. CD motes by the composer and Daniel Morel, Kansas City-based composer and teacher, give detailed information about each work. In these notes,the music is discussed in detail. Carl's music shows the influence of his teachers as well as his interest in impressionism. The major work, Symphony No. 5, composed in 2013, has nine brief movements: Open Prairie High Pains, Facing Mountains, Shimmering Mists, Wildflower Meadow, Storm Fronts, Scaling, Above the Tree Line and Land Beyond. Each imaginatively suggests a different landscape. This is an important release giving collectors the opportunity to hear music by a leading contemporary American composer, beautifully performed by the virtuoso Boston Modern Orchestra Project directed by Gi Rose, a master at discovering new treasures. The recordings were made 2018 - 2018, and the multi-channel audio i first-rate

Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts already has to his credit superb recordings of concertos by Stravinsky, John Adams, Korngold, and Ross Harris. He and also participated in Claudio Abbado's recording of Beethoven Triple Concerto. Many of these have been praised on this site. Now the young violinist turns to the past with this SACD of three of the twelve violin concertos Op. 3 calledThe Art of the Violin by Italian master Pietro Locaatelli (1695 - 1764). He was the supreme virtuoso of his era, and his concertos demand the greatest virtuosity. Gringolts plays these with virtuoso flair and beauty of tone, and he also leads the excellent period-instrument Finnish Baroque Orchestra. The recordings were made January 2019 in the warm acoustics of Finland's Järvenpää Church. The multi-channel audio is totally satisfying. This is a splendid addition to Gringolts' discography.

R.E.B. (February 2021)

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