HD-Vinyl 24/96 (EMI) Camille Saint-Saens – Piano Concerti 3 & 5 (Collard, Previn)

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Featuring the superb piano stylings of renowned French Pianist Jean-Phillippe Collard.
Saint Saëns, acclaimed for his sense of drama and ability to evoke mystery in his compositions, crafted five piano concertos over the course of his life, though only No. 2 garnered commercial success.Camille Saint-Saens’ sense of drama, his lyric runs, all make this listening experience highly recommended. I am fascinated by the way Saint-Saens creates rich variations of his themes as he takes us from movement to movement. Saint-Saens has the ability to develop ethereal melodies and variations on themes that are hypnotic and mystical. His piano runs are pushed for dramatic effect. The creative and amusing variations of his themes are pleasant and amusing.

Composer: Camille Saint-Saens
Performer: Jean-Philippe Collard
Orchestra: Royal Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Vinyl (1987)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: EMI
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 1.21 GB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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HD-Vinyl 24/96 (DGG) Igor Stravinsky – Pulcinella-Suite/Dumbarton Oaks/8 Instrumental Miniatures (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra)

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It’s nice to hear the Pulcinella performed outside of its suite format, and this record offers the whole ballet score. I can’t compare it to other recordings, but the sound here is crisp and distinct, and the vocal soloists generally add to the vibrant harmonies of the small orchestra, rather than detract. Pulcinella is Stravinsky’s departure, so to speak, from his early modernist blockbusters like Rite and Petrushka, and his genesis in the neoclassical. A great piece of art.
The record also offers another of his later works, a piece that supposedly tried to emulate Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti, but seems to me more modernist than neoclassical. All in all, this is a good addition to Pulcinella.
The record closes by playing some of the original 18th century chamber music from which Stravinsky made his Pulcinella.

Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Vinyl (1987)
Number of discs: 1
Format: Flac
Label: DGG
DR-Analysis:
DR 15
Size: 900 MB
Scan: yes
Server: FF

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