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The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra have a series of live recordings
taken from concerts at Philharmonic Hall. Produced by Michael Ogonovsky
and engineered by David A Pigott with Jonathan A C Small as Executive Producer,
they were recorded on a Genex GX8000 MO disk recorder and monitored on B
& W Loudspeakers by Merseyside Sound Recordings. Altrichter features
RLCD203 contains Respighi's rarely heard Church Windows,
a performance fully the equal of older recordings by Dorati and Ormandy,
showing the colourful range of the orchestra's various sections,
with its wonderful resplendency during the closing pages. Kodály's
Dances of Galanta is full of expertise, although the reading is hardly
Hungarian in feeling.
On home ground, Janácek's Taras Bulba is finely
paced, a perfect example of how Czech music should be performed. Performance
dates: September 1999/February 2000.
RLCD101 features music from the Russian mainstream. From the concert
on 17 October 1998 come Glinka's Russlan and Ludmilla Overture,
an exciting opener, Mussorgsky, arr Rimsky-Korsakov A Night on the Bare
Mountain -- listen to the rasping trombones -- and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade,
spacious in the first movement, dramatic in the second, ardent in the third
and magnificent in the fourth.
An encore: Shostakovich's Galop, Moscow Cheremushki brings
the house down.
Transfers favour the acoustics of the hall, with no added reverberation
or spotlighting. My only regret is that I have to boost the volume level
up to maximum to obtain optimum results.
Copyright © 12 July 2001
Bill Newman, Edgware, UK
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