PENTATONE SECOND ISSUE OF MULTI-CHANNEL SACDS
Symphony No. 5 in C# Minor
Netherlands Philharmonic Orch/Hartmut Haenchen, cond.
PENTATONE PTC 5186 004 TT: 68:27 (5 channel) (REVIEW)
SCHMIDT: Symphony No. 4
in C. Excerpts from Notre Dame
"200 Years German
MOZART: Violin Concerto
No. 5 in A, KV 219. SCHUBERT: Rondo in A, D. 438.
MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in D Minor
MOZART: Symphony No. 5
in B Flat, KV 22 "The Hague." Symphony No. 29 in A, KV
201. Serenade in D, KV 239 "Serenata notturna."
Serenade in G, KV 515 "Eine kleine Nachtmusik."
de Florence, Op. 70. Serenade for Strings, Op. 48.
While generally superb, this second batch of multi-channel SACDS isn't quite up to the level of their first issue (see commentary). These are all recent recordings made from March 2001 (Mahler) to August 2002 (Schmidt). For comments about performances (all outstanding except for the Mahler) see individual reviews linked above. Sonically the only disappointment also is the Mahler, recorded live in the Concertgebouw. I look forward to future Pentatone releases, particularly in their RQR (Remastered Quadro Recordings) series made in quad in the early '70s - the entire first Pentatone release was RQR. You can visit the Pentatone site where you will find some future releases listed as well as other information about the organization. Keep in mind that release dates are different in various countries - some of these are not available in the U.S. except as imports.