Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

Reviews and occasional notes on classical music

For the past five years or so I've posted reviews of classical music CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays, in various places on the web: Amazon.com, iTunes and other sites. I'll collect those earlier reviews, and add four or five new ones every month.

"Music, both vocall and instrumental, so good, so delectable, so rare, so admirable, so super excellent, that it did even ravish and stupifie all those strangers that never heard the like." - Thomas Coryat, after hearing 3 hours of music at the Scuola di San Rocco in Venice, 1608.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

An outstanding rookie class

From August 29, 2014:


Eventually Seattle Symphony Media, the organization’s new record label, will release a dud, but it sure hasn’t happened yet. This new disc, generously packed with orchestral works by Gabriel Faure, is as strong as the previous three (by Dutilleux, Ravel/Saint-Saens, and Ives/Carter/Gershwin), with the same splendid playing, superb engineering, and deluxe presentation. This is an outstanding rookie class!

Highlights include the choral version of the Pavane, the Pelleas et Melisande suite, and Masques et bergamasques, but even the trifles are played with honesty and impeccable musicianship. Conductor Ludovic Morlot and his orchestral players get strong support from cellist Efe Baltacigil, flutist Demarre McGill, violinist (& concertmaster) Alexander Velinzon, and the splendid Seattle Symphony Chorus. We’re anxiously awaiting the next bunch of CDs from the Pacific Northwest!

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