SIBELIUS: Luonnotar, Op. 70. Tapiola, Op. 112. Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Op. 46. Rakastava, Op. 14. Spring Song, Op. 16.
Lise Davidsen, soprano. Bergen Phiharmnic ORchestra / Edward Gardner, cond.
CHANDOS SACD CHSA 5217 TT: 72:51
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MOZART: Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543. Symphony No. 41 in C, K. 551 "Jupiter."
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra / Gordon Nikkolic, violin / conductor
TACET SACD S259 TT: 76:02
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Several years ago Chandos issued a Sibelius CD with Edward Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic featuring a groiup of songs sung by baritone Gerald Finley. It also included the orchestral worksPohjola's Daughter, Romance for Strings, and Ocean ides.(CHSA 5178). Now we have this superb new release containing many orchestral works as well as the vocal tone poem Luonnotar sung superbly by amazing new soprano Lise Davidsen. Orchestral works are Tapiola, a suite from Pelleas and Melisande, Rakastava and Spring Song. Davidsen is also heard in The Three Blind Sisters and Melisande's at the Spinning Wheel, two excerpts usually performed without soprano. Sibelius songs are treasures and there are many recordings by famous singers particularly KirstenFagstad and Birgit Nilsson. Perhaps a future disk will feature the remarkable Davidsen? We can hope. Recordings were made 2018 - 2021 in Norway's Grieg Hall, and the engineering is superb . Texts and translations are provided for the vocal works. Recommended!

French-Spanish conductor / violinist Gordon Nikolic (b. 1968) has had a remarkable career. For 20 years he was concertmaster of the London Symphony enjoying a solo career as well. In 2004 he became Music Director of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He has made many recordings of standard repertory, particularly for Pentatone, but now records for Tacet. Recently this site praised their recording of Mozart's Symphonies 35 and 36 (REVIEW). His latest disk for the label offers these stylish performance of two of Mozart's greatest symphonies. Recordings were made June 12 - 15, 2019 in Yakult Hall of the NedPho Dome in Amsterdam, a pleasingly resonant venue. The orchestra was arranged in circular fashion and a diagram shows location of each group separating strings, woodwinds and brass. Tacet's imaginative use of multi-channels places the listener right in the center of the orchestra, highly effective indeed. The spirited performances are excellent. We look forward to future Tacet releases by this superb Dutch group

R.E.B. (July 2021)
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