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Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Jarvi) – ‘Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes, Elgar: Enigma Variations’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (Jarvi) – ‘Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Four Sea Interludes, Elgar: Enigma Variations’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Sheer ardor may not be Paavo Järvi’s strong suit, but he has a scientist’s precision with the sifting of orchestral textures, and his new Telarc recording reveals details almost completely lost in the murk of other performances of these familiar orchestral works by English masters Benjamin Britten and Edward Elgar – even in performances led by the composers themselves. And Järvi’s sense of wonder never fails to make this music sound fresh and newly discovered. Best of all, Telarc’s engineers have either hit upon the perfect pieces for Cincinnati’s Music Hall, or else they’ve found some new insights to recording there. Whichever is the case, this release marks both Telarc’s and Paavo Järvi’s finest achievement yet in Cincinnati. read more…

Scottish Ensemble (Gould) – ‘Britten: Les Illuminations, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Serenade for Tenor, Horn, Strings’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

It takes a lot of nerve for some brash bunch to come along and try to make a recording of a piece that was already masterfully recorded under the composer’s own direction. And it would take a lot of talent, a lot of inspiration, and a distinctive angle to stake out new territory in an oft-recorded work. read more…

San Francisco Symphony (Tilson Thomas) – ‘Mahler: Symphony No.4’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

There are two main roads that conductors of Mahler’s ‘Symphony No.4’ tend to travel. One is more strictly classical and focused, with a narrow range of tempos and a smooth flow from one section to the next. read more…

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