Recent SACDs from the local library:
Bartok, Wooden Prince and Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Helsinki SO,
Susanna Malkki (BIS). Mandarin is appropriately nasty.
Bruckner - LSO recording, London SO conducted by Rattle. Seems to be
in a rush in the first movement; I have Klemperer on LP, purchased in
Japan around 1973. The slow movement is broken between sides on my LP,
was this the same with the Angel release in North America?
Mahler, Symphony 1, Minnesota Orch, Vanska - the level of detail in
this recording is absurd. (BIS)
Norgard, Symphonies 1 & 8, Vienna SO, Oramo (DaCapo) - Can't get
excited to the level of the hype on the back cover, "one of the
greatest symphonists of our time." Couldn't finish this one.
Sudbin, Rachmaninov Piano Concertos 2 & 3, BBC SO, Oramo (BIS). The
left-hand chords at the beginning of No. 2 are played in a way I've
never heard before. He plays the "long" cadenza in the 3rd's first
movement.The Grammy-Phone slobbered over this one.
Tamara Stefanovich, Influences - works by Ives (Sonata 1), Bartok
(Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs), Messiaen (Canteyodjaya),
Bach (Aria variata in A minor, BWV 989) (Pentatone)