MMHLER: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp mninor
Seoul Philharmonic Orch/Myung-Whun Chun, cond.
DGG 471 143 TT: 72:57
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SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor.Op. 22. Piano Concerto No. 5 in F, Op. 102 "Egyptian
Louis Schwizgebel, piano/BBC Symphony Orch/Martin Brabbins, cond.
APARTE 112 TT: 50:00
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ENESCU: Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Nuages d'Automno sur les Jes Forets. Chamberr Symphony, Op. 33
NDR Radio Philharmonic Orch/Peter Ruzicka, cond.
CPO 777 766 TT: 62:32
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KLUGHORDT: Symphony No. 4 in C ninor, Op.57. Three Pieces, Op. 87
Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau/Antony Hermus, cond.
CPO 777 740 TT: 55:48
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STRAVINSKY: Petrouchka. MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL: Pictures at an Exhibition
Bavarian radio Symphony Orch/Mariss Jansons, cond.
BR CLASSICS SADS 900141 RR: 69:53
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Korean pianist and conductor Myung-Whan Chung (b. 1953) has a distinguished career.He st BR CLASS Olivier Messiaen who had a great influence on hius life. stuydied. Chunge also was music director of major opera houses in Paris and Berlin. He made many recordings for DGG including Dvorak symphonies with the Vienna Philharmonic. In 2005, he became principal conductor of the Seoul PLhilharmonic and since that time has made a number of recordings with them. Previous issues included Mahler's First and Nuinth symphonies, all highly regarded. Now we have this performanbce of the composer's Symphony No. 5 recorded live in the Seoul Arts Center May 22-23, 2014. It is a superb and it is obvious the Seoul orchestra is a first-class ensemble. The famous Adagio is one of the more expansive on disk (11:28). Credit is given for the prinaipal trumpet (Alexandre Baty) and principal horn (Martin van de Merwe)and the reading reaches a nmighty conclusion. Audio is state-of-the-art. However, this issue has keen competition from dozens ofother issuers on video,, CD, and multi-channel..

Louis Schwizgebell (also known as Louis Schwizgebel-Wang) is a an exxciting young Swiss pianist. Born in November 1981, his mother is Chinese and his Swiss fatgher is the famnous animatioh film direcdtor, George Schwizgebel. He first gained attention for winning second prize in the 2012 Leeds International Piano Competitionm and since that time has appeared with a number of major orchestras. The Aparte label has issued several recordings, the latest of which is this splendid account of Saint-Saëns' Second and Fifth concertos. There's plenty of sparkle here and these delightful scores are tossed off with the greatest of tedchnical finesse and tonal beauty. Martyn Brabbins and the fine BBC orchestra give strong support, and audio quality is excellent Tthe recordings were made ub Vake Studios in London om Febriaru 2014 (No. 2) and A[ro; 2015. The only debut is the brief playing time (50:00), This is a premium-price disk and it easily would have containede another concerto. There is mnuch competition here, particularly Stephen Hough's complete set on Hyperion.

About a year ago, this site mentioned a CPO recording of two major works of Georges Enesco: Isis for chorus and orchestra and the Symphony No. 5)(REVIEW). Isis is a gem among the composer's outputl. Now we have the next volume in their Enescu series offering Symphonyh No. 4 in E minor, the Chanber Symphony, Op. 33, and Nuages d'Automno sur les Jes Forets. . The fourth of his numbered five symphonies (four earlier works are not counted) was started 934. Enescu orchestrated only the first of the three movements and part of the second. Pascal Bentoieu completed the orchestration, and the premiere took place in 1997. Symphony No. 4. It has three movements, Allegro appassionato, Un poco andante, ,arziale, and Allegro vivace, and lists slmost 36 minutes. It is not much of a symphony, starting boldly but it all sounds prosaic. Of much more interest is a nine-miojnute work that depicts its title with rich orchestral textures suggested by its title, "Autumn Clouds Over tyhe Woods". It is rather odd piece that ends abruptly. Chamber Symphony, originally scored for 12 players, was revised considerably over the years, and is one of the few instances in the composer's output where there is a touch of humor.

German composer and conductor Auigust Klughardt (1847 - 1902) was a great admirer of Wagner, involved with some early productions of the Ring. He also was influenced by Liszt. He composed five symphonies, the fourth of which dates from 1897. It is too long (37:43) for its meager ideas, the most interesting of the four movements is the third movement scherzo. The Three Orchestral Pieces , Op. 87 were Klughardts final orchestral work. The titles are Capriccio, Gavotte and Tarantelle, but these are occasional pieces at best, with a surprisingly tame tarantelle. Klughardt's music is almost forgotten today and it is easy to understand why. CPO is doing their best for the composer; this is their third disk devoted to him, and the splendid performances by the Anhaltische orchestra with conductor Antony Hermus do what can be done. Excellent, well-balanced stereo sound.

We could hardly say new recordings of Petrushkia and Pictures at an Exhibition are lacking, and here we have them coupled in live concert performances in November 2014 (Mussorgsk/) and April 2015 in Munich concert halls. . Jansons has been music director of the Bavarian Orchestra since 2003 and his contract continues until 2021. Obviously their collaboration is ideal; they have made many superb recordings. Jansons had recorded both of these works previously with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (*when he was their music director). This new Petrushka is a rather tame account, dissecting the score. Pictures is more traditional. Both have been recorded in fine stereo with a fine hall ambience. A fine disk.

R.E.B. (December 2015)