A great performance of Beethoven’s Ninth plus a fascinating documentary on musicians in the GDR during the cold war.
Conductor Evgeny Svetlanov = BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3; HAYDN: Symphony in G Major “Military”; TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony in B Minor, “Manfred” – Berlin Philharmonic Orch./ Svetlanov – Testament
A document testifying to the unbridled enthusiasm Russian conductor Svetlanov brought to his one appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic, despite some major cuts in the Tchaikovsky score.
SUK: Serenade for Strings in E–flat Major; DVORAK: Serenade for Strings in E Major; Nocturne – Appassionata/ Daniel Myssyk – Fidelio
The Canadian chamber ensemble Appassionata performs two enchanting string serenades by Czech masters Suk and Dvorak in exemplary renditions and fine sound.
BEETHOVEN: Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43; Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” – Orch. Sym. de Montreal/Kent Nagano – Sony
Nagano brings his idiosyncratic energy and textural clarity to bear on Beethoven’s “Promethean” scores.
Markevitch was a the Ukrainian, Italian, and French composer and performer whom Paris once hailed as “the second Igor,” the first having been Stravinsky.
BERLIOZ: Symphonie Fantastique; BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 2 – Philharmonia Orchestra/ Esa-Pekka Salonen – Signum Classics
Esa-Pekka Salonen has suddenly become a man worth watching and listening to.