Here is a well-filled CD of
seldom-heard music for trumpet and organ performed by two virtuosos
of their instruments, magnificently
recorded. The brilliant sound of the trumpet is a vivid contrast to
the organ's rich sonorities. Highlights are Satie's brief (1:22)
charming "rediscovered statue," and Hakim's rather jazzy sonata.
The splendid organ in Aarhus Cathedral is the largest organ in Denmark
with French-built reed stops producing sounds highly appropriate for
this repertory A delightful CD; I'm eager to hear BIS' orchestral
HOLST: The Planets,
Conductor Dennis Russell Davies is known for his vivid interpretations of contemporary music, but his ideas on Holst's big-scale view of seven of the planets are decidedly prosaic. Mars doesn't menace, Uranus has little humor, Neptune lacks mystery. The Linz Orchestra's playing is rather tentative, the sonic picture puts the orchestra in front with a pleasant hall sound. However, bass lacks definition; percussion (particularly in Uranus) is too far back, and the organ lacks solidity. This, unfortunately, is not as successful as Chesky's operatic chorus SACD (REVIEW).
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