An orchestral spectacular from the Bruckner Orchestra Linz,
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.