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London Symphony Orchestra (Haitink) – ‘Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Triple Concerto’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

London Symphony Orchestra (Haitink) – ‘Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, Triple Concerto’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Watch out for the quiet ones. They’ll get you when you least expect it. Bernard Haitink is a quiet one, and always has been, doing his work as conductor and orchestra builder in a straightforward, unglamorous way for over a half century now. I’ve found myself too frequently over the years looking past Haitink at more colorful personalities. But it’s always at that moment when I’m just about ready to dismiss Haitink as bland that he sneaks in something unexpectedly pulse-pounding. He has done it once again with his new Beethoven ‘Seventh’ with the London Symphony on LSO Live. On the surface, such a vital piece might seem unusual territory for Haitink’s quiet mastery, but the secret of that mastery is that he knows when to lead and when to give the players free rein. The result here is one of the most natural and joyous performances of Beethoven’s ‘Seventh’ I’ve ever heard. read more…

London Symphony Orchestra (Rostropovich) – ‘Shostakovich: Symphony No.8 in C minor, Op. 65’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Recordings like this don’t come along very often. Buy it. Here’s why.

First of all, Shostakovich was a major composer of the twentieth century, and his ‘Symphony No. 8’ is arguably his greatest work. read more…

London Symphony Orchestra (Hickox) – ‘Vaughan Williams: Symphonies No.6 and No.8, Nocturne’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

The tide has turned, and Vaughan Williams is riding the wave. Where all the mid-twentieth century experimenters once seemed so daring, and the stubborn Vaughan Williams and his modal chords seemed a relic of the past, now a huge portion of the dry leaves of academic serialism and kook-level avant-gardism have withered and fallen off the trees. read more…

London Symphony Orchestra – ‘The Film Music of Jerry Goldsmith’ An SACD review by Brett Rudolph

If you have gone to the movies or watched television during the last half a century, then the chances are you have heard at least one of Jerry Goldsmith’s themes. He has been writing music since the early 1950s – to the delight of audiences all over the world – and his soundtracks span all varieties of theatrical content, from historical movies such as ‘Patton’, to science fiction movies such as ‘Star Trek’ and almost everything in between. read more…

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