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Gliere: Symphony No 3 "ilya Murometz" / Botstein, London So

Release Date: 01/28/2003 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 60609   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Reinhold Gliere
Conductor:  Leon Botstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Previous Telarc SACDs have sounded anywhere from stunningly fabulous to disappointingly diffuse. This one stands somewhere in between. It's good, but still better in stereo. The somewhat low-level recording is easy to adjust in stereo, and if you crank up the volume, as Victor Carr Jr. noted in his initial review, the sonics snap into focus nicely. Heard in surround format, even at a volume that allows the climaxes their head (not Botstein's strongest suit in any case), lower dynamic levels lack tangibility and a coherent sonic frame regarding instrumental placement, and once again the sound seems to "spread" in a way that softens the music's rhythmic punch. These are small differences, granted, and it's difficult to criticize discs that, Read more even when one format isn't as desirable as the other, still stand generally above the industry standard. But in the game of comparisons that the industry itself is asking us to play, we have to call 'em as we hear 'em. By all means, get this disc: the performance is largely marvelous (especially the finale) and splendidly recorded--but stick with stereo for now.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 3 in B minor, Op. 42 "Il'ya Muromets" by Reinhold Gliere
Conductor:  Leon Botstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1909-1911; Russia 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, England 
Length: 72 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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