Reis­sues Re­viewed by Mal­colm Hayes

BBC Music Magazine - - Reviews -

Jew­els of French Bal­let

Ex­cerpts from Cop­pélia, Les Syl­phides etc

Alto ALC 1386 (1960/62) 79:00 mins

High-rev per­for­mances from Ge­org Solti and the Royal Opera House Or­ches­tra – Of­fen­bach’s Gai­eté parisi­enn scin­til­lates – plus creamier Cop­pélia from Her­bert von Kara­jan and the Ber­lin Phil. ★★★★

Joseph Marx Or­ches­tral Works, Vol. 2

Naxos 8.573832 (2003) 75:11 mins

The style of this Graz-born 20th-cen­tury com­poser is at­trac­tive, like Tippett heard through an Aus­trian fil­ter. Qual­ity Bochum Sym­phony Or­ches­tra play­ing; over­cau­tious con­duct­ing from Steven Sloane. ★★★

Moyzes Sym­phonies Nos 9 & 10

Naxos 8.573654 (1994-95) 69:59 mins

This Slo­vakian com­poser’s idiom re­sem­bles a more mod­ernistic, lower-oc­tane Shostakovi­ch: Sym­phony No. 10 is the most con­vinc­ing here. De­cent, if rather earth­bound Slo­vak Radio Sym­phony ac­counts. ★★★

Re­spighi Ro­man Tril­ogy

Alto ALC 1396 (1955-61) 76:26 mins

Fritz Reiner’s Pines and Foun­tains, with stel­lar Chicago SO play­ing, are won­der­fully pow­er­ful, de­tailed, and un­rushed, with fine re­mas­tered sound. Warn­ing: in Church Win­dows, stereo bal­ance is direly skewed left­wards. ★★★★★

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