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An orchestral spectacular from the Bruckner Orchestra Linz,
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Chesky    SACD245

Orchestral Spectacular. Bruckner Orchestra Linz. © 2003 Chesky Records Inc

This announces itself as the first compilation of popular classics recorded specifically for Multi-Channel Surround Sound, and if that is what is required by those who choose to buy it, it will certainly not disappoint. It is a programme of well known pieces, all of which must have been rewarding to play and record, and yet none very much needed again in the catalogue.

There is no doubting the lusty sound, recorded in the Brucknerhaus, Linz in 2001, and the performances of The Sorcerer's Apprentice and Barber's Adagio for strings are fine.

The orchestra's former artistic director Ingo Ingensand conducts Khachaturian's Sabre Dance and the Spartacus Adagio [listen -- track 9, 6:05-7:04] and the other nine tracks stay with guest conductor Bernhard Klee who includes operatic and ballet excerpts by Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Puccini and Offenbach, beginning with the first 21 bars of Also sprach Zarathustra, and a lively account of Glinka's Ruslan and Ludmilla overture [Listen -- track 6, 0:00-0:49].

It would make an excellent and maybe inspiring present for someone with very few classical CDs.

Copyright © 18 June 2005 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


Orchestral Spectacular - Bruckner Orchester Linz

SACD245 SACD/DSD Stereo/Multichannel FIRST RELEASE 71'22" 2003 Chesky Records Inc

Bruckner Orchester Linz; Bernhard Klee, conductor; Ingo Ingensand, conductor (Khachaturian only)

Richard Strauss: Fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra Op 30; Hector Berlioz: Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust Op 24; Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice; Camille Saint-Saëns: Bacchanal from Samson and Delilah; Jacques Offenbach: Barcarolle from The Tales of Hoffman; Mikhail Glinka: Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture; Giacomo Puccini: Third Act Intermezzo from Manon Lescaut; Aram Khachaturian: Sabre Dance from Suite No 3 of the ballet Gayaneh; Suite No 2, Adagio of Spartacus and Phygia; Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker Suite Op 71A; Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings (arranged from the String Quartet Op 11)


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