BEETHOVEN: Symphonies No. 4 & No. 7 – Beethoven Orchester Bonn – MDG multichannel SACD 937-1995-6, 73:35 (1/5/17) ****1/2: It is interesting to consider the position of the the Fourth Symphony Op. 60 in Beethoven’s oeuvre. First, consider the adjacent opus numbers, all products of that brief period of happiness and inspiration around 1806. There […]
The holiday favorite ballet has had better recordings, but this Fourth will knock your socks off. TCHAIKOVSKY: The Nutcracker, Op. 71; Sym. No. 4 in f, Op. 36 – Mariinsky Orch./ Valery Gergiev – Mariinsky multichannel SACD MAR0593 (2 discs), 129:02 [Distr. by Naxos] ****: This is Gergiev’s second go round with the Nutcracker; the […]
SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 3 in F-sharp Minor; 4 Preludes; 2 Impromptus; 3 Morceaux; 2 Poemes; Piano Sonata No. 10; 6 Preludes; 2 Poemes; 3 Etudes – Pervez Mody, p. – Thorofon
An audacious collection of music by the “inspired” Alexander Scriabin, including some rare repertory, brilliantly executed.
MAHLER: Complete Symphonies 1 – 10; etc. – Royal Concertgebouw Orch. (various conductors), Blu-ray (2013, 11 discs)
This is a quite amazing collection of all the Mahler symphonies, including Deryck Cooke’s revision of No. 10.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in f, op. 36; Romeo and Juliet – Russian National Orchestra/ Mikhail Pletnev, conductor – PentaTone
Readers, you have no idea how surprised I am at myself seeing those five stars in the header.
Hits on all cylinders, and the performances are every bit the equal of the superb sound.