ROTA: Music for the Fellini Films
LaScala Philharmonic Orchestra/ Riccardo Chaillyk cond
DECA 483 2869 TT: 80:55

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op. §7. Symophony No. 3 in E flat, Opl 55 "Eroica"
London Philharmonic Ochestr / Kurt Masur, cond.
LPO LIVE 0112 TT: 83:02

REICH: Clapping Hands. Proverb. Mallett Quartet. Pulse. . Music for Pieces of Wood
Colin Curris, percussion Colin Currie Percussion Group

Riccardo Chailly and the Scala Philharmonic Orchestra have already issued recordings of Verdi rarities, and now turn their attention to Nino Rita. Chailly has had a long association with Rota, first meeting him in 1973 on the occasion of the premiere of Rota's piano concerto (Partita). Ever since that time, the conductor has been impressed with Rota's imagination and music, and on this well-filled disk (80:35) he and the Ls Scala Philharmonic give the royal treatment to scores Rota composed for Fellini films: Amarcord, Otto e Mezzo 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita, Il Casanova di Federico Fellini, and I Clowns. Some of the arrangements for expanded orchestra were made by William Ross and Bruno Moretti. There are 26 tracks, some very brief. The recording was made in Milan's Sala Prove Abanella June 2017, and engineers have provided very satisfying stereo sound. It is a pleasure to hear Rota's music sounding so grand. This is a mid-price issue.

The London Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in 1932 by Sir Thomas Beech am and Sir Malcolm Sargent, It has had a distinguished history and many major conductors have been their conductor including Sir Adrian Boult, Eduard van Beinum, Klaus Tennstedt, Sir George Solti and Bernard Haitink. ╣heir current conductor is Vladimir Jurowski. Kurt Masur has had a 25-year association with the LPO was was principal conductor 1988 - 1992. This new CD contains two Beethoven symphonies recorded in concerts from Royal Festival Hall, No. 3 November 24, 2004, and No. 5, Nov. 27 that year. Energetic performances indeed, but it is difficult to understand why this CD was issued unless it is just as a tribute to Masur, who died 2015. Masur recorded prolifically particularly in his later year when he was music director of the New York Philharmonic. If you'd like to hear his Beethoven, heck the magnificent cycle recorded in the early 70's when he was music director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. These performances have been reissued in their original superb multi-track audio on Pentatone (REVIEW). This new addition to their catalog, even though it is mid-price seems rather useless.

Here is another fascinating disk featuring master percussionist Colin Currie. This site recently praised The Scene of the Crime in which he collaborates with trumpet virtuoso Hakan Hardenberger (REVIEW). Now on this new disk on his own label Currie teams up with the legendary Steve Reich live at the Foundation Louis Vuiton in Paris in December 2017 during a festival of Reich's music. Currie and his team collaborate with Synergy Vocals. It sounds as of everyone is having a great very rhythmic time, and the performance has been captured in excellent stereo. A major, entertaining issue!

R.E.B.(July 2019)