SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 3 “The First of May”; Sym. No. 10 – The Orch. & Ch. of Mariinsky Theatre / Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky PROKOFIEV: Sym. No. 1; Sym. No. 5 – Sydney Sym./ Vladimir Ashkenazy – Exton
A winning Shostakovich disc from Gergiev and the Mariinsky; but we’re still waiting for a first-rate Prokofiev Fifth in hi-res.
WAGNER: Orchestral Works Volumes 1 and 2 – Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra/ Edo de Waart, conductor – Exton 2 Multichannel SACDs, 78 min. OVCL-00153 (Vol. 1); 68 min. OVCL-00198 (Vol. 2)
The performances are first rate; the more rapidly-paced overtures are played with plenty of gusto, and the slower numbers are given beautifully expressive readings.
* OTTORINO RESPIGHI: Belfagor Overture; Orchestral Suite: Belkis, Queen of Sheba; Four Symphonic Impressions: Church Windows – Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Holland/ Vladimir Ashkenazy – Exton
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