Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Recent musical explorations with my CD player:

~ various works by 20th century Norwegian composer Harald Saeverud. In recent years, the Swedish label, Bis, has released several volumes in a series focused on this composer with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra. I'm also revisiting another 20th century Norwegian, Geirr Tveitt, on the Bis and Naxos labels.

~ Russian composer Ippolitov-Ivanov is best known for his Caucasian Sketches, especially the Procession of the Sardar. There's more. In addition to some Turkish-inspired works, I came across his Symphony No. 1 recorded by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra on the Naxos label.

~ transcriptions of Bach and other Baroque composers for modern symphony orchestra or smaller ensembles. The Chandos label has some wonderful albums of this music, and not just the more famous transcriptions done by Stokowski. (Red Priest's "Johann, I'm only dancing" album, on the group's own label, is on the way.)

~  historic recordings by Hungarian tenor Sandor Konya on Australian Eloquence.

~ another Australian Eloquence remaster: Anatole Fistoulari conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra in Ippolitov-Ivanov's Caucasian Sketches and Gliere's Red Poppy ballet suite (source of the Russian Sailors' Dance).

~ and one more Australian Eloquence remaster: the "Overtures in Hi-Fi" album by conductor Albert Wolff and Orchestre de L'Opera-Comique and Paris Conservatoire Orchestra -- a two-disc set of popular orchestral showpieces and some less familiar stuff (played in a "Gallic style" not heard much today).