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Britten’s The Turn of the Screw on Lso Live, Hybrid SACD – DSD

Posted on 26 December 2013 by admin

Britten: The Turn of the Screw

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Only Colin Davis could have persuaded the London Symphony Orchestra to reduce its forces to 17 – Britten writes for 13 players, four doubling instruments – for two visually unatmospheric concert performances of this rigorous horror-opera. Sadly he died two days before the first; but the gain is a rare CD chance to catch the superlative work of Richard Farnes. He gives his LSO players absolute freedom when they need it, starting with pianist Susanna Stranders – spacious and nuanced, later an equally subtle celesta player. Farnes also knows when to turn the screw, as this layered adaptation of Henry James’s novella sees country-house ‘ghosts’ possess not only the children they were once charged to care for but also the hyper-imaginative young woman who comes to take the place of her dead predecessor. Sound-wise, Sally Matthews’ Governess is the weak link here – the plummy tone and diction more worrying than in her live performances. Still, she impresses in her forceful desperation through a gripping second act. The ghosts are peerless: tenor Andrew Kennedy has both allure and more threatening steel than fellow Quints Pears, Bostridge and Padmore, while Katherine Broderick may be the most powerful, dramatic-soprano Miss Jessel yet. Catherine Wyn-Rogers finds dark corners in the housekeeper, Mrs Grose, tonally clearer than Matthews, and while the child Flora loses some conviction when taken by a fully-fledged singer, (Lucy Hall). Michael Clayton-Jolly uses dramatic sophistication to make Miles the boy who wants to break free. Ultimately, though, it’s the instrumental impact, with bass clarinet and double bass especially present, which offers essential listening here, even with Britten’s own vivid interpretation still holding sway.

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Szymanowski’s new release SACD, Symphonies Nos.1 & 2 on Lso Live

Posted on 11 June 2013 by admin

Polish composer and pianist Karol Szymanowski is considered one of the greatest Polish composers of the 20th century, and recognized as one of Poland’s greatest musical figures. Szymanowski’s better known works is his four symphonies, this Symphonies Nos.1 & 2 both unconventional in style and format, make for an enthralling listening experience and provide insight into Szymanowski’s ecstatic musical character. His first symphony is drenched in evocative Romanticism and is an extremely powerful and emotionally intense composition. His second, a chamber-like work, artfully interweaves layer upon layer of seemingly disparate musical ideas to form a complex tapestry that became one of the composer’s favorite of his own works.

Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos.1 & 2

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s next step on his 70th birthday celebrations

Posted on 11 April 2013 by admin

Gardiner’s Bach Marathon was held on April 1 in London’s Royal Albert Hall, featured his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in Bach cantatas and the B Minor Mass. The conductor also released the final recording of his Bach Cantatas Pilgrimage series, (in which he shall conduct every sacred cantata, every Sunday in various churches throughout Europe), the’Ascension’ Cantatas, in March this year, and will publish his biography of the composer through Penguin’s Allen Lane in the autumn.

Bach: Cantatas : Ascension Himmelfahrt

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Feast of the Purifaction of Mary

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Christmas Cantatas

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner will continue his 70th birthday celebrations with performances of Stravinsky’sOedipus Rex and Apollon Musagète in the Barbican, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Salle Pleyel in Paris and the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne later this month. Oedipus Rex will also be recorded for LSO Live.

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