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I myself have been charmed in the past by regional orchestras playing major league music: their edge-of-seat playing and palpable projection of wonder and discovery can often refresh jaded ears. But will the charm last upon repeated listening?
"This is not the most electric Resurrection I've ever heard, but it's one of the most heartfelt. Noseda's unadorned approach to this great score reminds me of Leo Svárovský's recording of Janáček's Glagolitic Mass; also made with a regional band; it strips away all the accretions that have taken the shine off these much-loved pieces. Indeed, hearing that and Noseda's Resurrection is like experiencing this music for the very first time. In short, immensely rewarding all round."
Hmmm. Has anyone else here checked this recording out? Speaking of recording, Fone used analog tape, and has issued the symphony on Lp, SACD, etc. They also use RCA's favorite microphones from the 50s.
Toys aside, I'm intrigued. It certainly might be more interesting and involving than Eschenbach's on Ondine with the poor Philadelphia Orchestra. Or Haitink's recent driver assist effort in Chicago.
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. . . I think Noseda is an excellent conductor - I have a lot of the albums he did on the Chandos label - Liszt orchestral works (multiple albums, including all the symphonic poems, the Dante Symphony, and the Faust Symphony), Bartok Piano Concertos with Bavouzet, Bartok String Concertos with Ehnes, Casella Second Symphony, Rachmaninoff Third Symphony, Dvorak Piano Concerto and Violin Concerto, Respighi Orchestrations and miscellaneous works. . . all of these are 24-bit downloads. He's been prolific as a Chandos artist. Some folks do think that his usually up-tempo approach occasionally misses some musical depth.
His live recording of the Verdi Requiem is about to be released. The performance is also on youtube. It's a powerful piece of conducting and singing--I'd buy it, except that the soloists are subpar.
Say no more!
today's economics of orchestras in general and recording in particular often means fewer and shorter rehearsals and more (perhaps touched-up) live recordings rather than true studio recordings. Still, I agree the technical level of the players today is as high as ever or higher.
I'm convinced the main difference between many so-called "second tier" or regional orchestras and the big guns is the number of rehearsals and concerts. At least in the US, most regional orchestras do not have as long a season or as full a schedule.
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