The New York Philharmonic and its conductor, Jaap van Zweden, continue the revered institution's partnership with Decca Gold with the release of their latest recording, featuring Debussy's orchestral masterpiece La Mer and Stravinsky s groundbreaking Le Sacre du printemps. Both pieces were performed and recorded live in 2018 in the opening weeks of van Zweden's tenure as the New York Philharmonic's Music Director.
This is a disc that reveals the current qualities of the NY Phil: weighty brass that packs a punch; rounded woodwind tone, particularly principal clarinettist Anthony McGill; powerful strings. Van Zweden caresses the Introduction to Part 2 of Rite of Spring, allowing theRead more woodwinds room to breathe. His spacious La mer paints Debussy’s triptych with an Impressionist wash.