Reis­sues

BBC Music Magazine - - Orchestral Reviews - Re­viewed by Erik Levi

Kusser Six French Over­tures Christopho­rus CHR 77429 (1983) 77:57 mins

A Ger­man con­tem­po­rary of Bach, Kusser pays hand­some trib­ute to Lully in these el­e­gant and har­mon­i­cally in­di­vid­ual sets of dances. Stylish pe­riod in­stru­ment per­for­mances from Peter Za­jieck and Mu­sica Aeterna Bratislava. ★★★★

Rameau Or­ches­tral Suites Glossa GCD 921125 (1986-2000) 265:22 mins (4 discs)

Frans Brüggen and the Or­ches­tra of the Eigh­teenth Cen­tury revel in Rameau’s daz­zling quirk­i­ness and in­ex­haustible range of in­stru­men­tal colour. Four hours of sheer de­light. ★★★★★ Anser­met in Rus­sia Mu­sorgsky, Prokofiev et al Elo­quence 482 5003 (1952-54) 56:59 mins

De­spite some vari­able or­ches­tral play­ing, Ernest Anser­met’s em­pa­thy for Rus­sian mu­sic shines through these rhyth­mi­cally dy­namic ac­counts of Pic­tures at an Ex­hi­bi­tion and A Night on a Bare Moun­tain. ★★★ Ernest Anser­met and the Bal­let Russes Elo­quence 482 4989 (1958-66)

158:40 mins (2 CDS)

Ernest Anser­met was one of the main con­duc­tors of the Bal­lets Russes. His peer­less in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Ravel’s Daph­nis et Chloé and De­bussy’s Jeux are cap­tured in sur­pris­ingly vivid stereo sound. ★★★★★

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