MARISS JANSONS - ROYAL CONCERTGEBOUW ORCHESTRA
BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14. RAVEL: La
Concerto for Orchestra. TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 7y4
"Patheétique". BARTÓK: Concerto for Orchestra. Musiuc
for Strings, Percussion and Celesta .MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 in G.(Anna
Prohaska, soprano). Symphony No. 7 in E minor - Song of the Night,: HINDEMITH:
Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber. STRAUSS: Till
Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Op. 28. Death and Transfiguration,
Op. 24. WEBERN: In
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68. SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 1 in B
flat, Op. 38 "Spring." SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op.
39. BEETHOVEN: Egmont Overture. Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op.
A Survivor from Warsaw (Sergei Leiferkus, narrator). MUSSORGSKY: Songs
and Dances of Death Ferrucio Furlanetto, bass).
JANACEK; Taras Bulba. GUBAIDULINA: Feast During a Plague. STRAVINSKY:
Capriccio (Emanuel Ax, piano). Symphony
Hymne au Saint-Sacrement. ROSSINI: Ovcerture to La Gazza
Dédicaces. POULENC: Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings
(Leo Van Deselaar, organ). ANDRIESSEN: Mysteroën. RACHMANINOFF:
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27. WAGNER: Prelude and Liebestod from
Isolde. BRUCKNER: Symphony
No. 3 in D minor. MARTINU: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Frank Peter Zimmermann,
violin). PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 5 in B flat, Op. 100.
It is fitting that the RCOA label issue a multiple disk set of concert performances by Mariss Jansons, who was music director for eleven seasons. . Reportedly he left because of health reasons, although it seems since then he has been conducting numerous concerts with many orchestras. The label already has issued important anthologies devoted to previous music directors of the orchestra: Willem Mengelberg, Eduard van Beinum, Bernard Haitink and Riccardo Chailly. This new set features Mariss Jansons performances made 1900-201. And there are many treasures here, much in the way of standard repertory (including symphonies of Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner, Schumann Rachmaninoff, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky. Jansons continues the Dutch orchestra's Mahler tradition with Symphony No. 4 (on a DVD) and Symphony No. 7. There are many other "standards," Bartók, Hindemith, and a smattering of music by Dutch composers—plus Sofia Gubaidulina fascinating Feast During a Pague.Ther are few soloists: Emanuel Ax in Stravinsky's Capriccio, Frank Peter Zimmerman in Martinu's Violin Concerto No. 2, Leo Van Doeselaar in Poulenc's organ concerto,, soprano Angela Prohaska in Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Sergei Leiferkus as narrator of Schönberg'sA Survivor from Warsaw, and bass Ferruccio Furlanetto in the vivid Shostakovich orchestration of Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death. Jansons displays his affinity for Strauss with f Death and Transfiguration and Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks. Bartók figures prominently,as does Stravinsky. and Janson's Fantastique is among the most imaginative I've heard, with effective brass crescendos at the end of March to the Scaffold and atruly demonic ending.
As always with the RCOA Live series, audio is of highest quality, capturing the rich sounds of the venue. Each of the 14 disks are in separate cardboard mini-jackets with a 126 oage booklet, many photos and program notes in English, French and German. This is a mid-price issue that makes availablea major part of the career of our of our top conductors. Recommended!
R.E.B. (January 2016)