Japanese label Exton is on sale for the first time at ArkivMusic. Known for fine engineering and spectacular sound, the Exton catalog contains many wonderful hybrid Super Audio CDs. Our featured titles are below. (Sale ends at midnight ET 9/24/13.)
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Stunning performances, in stunning sound, of Prokofiev's two most popular symphonies. The orchestra is full, warm, and immediate, yet details of orchestration pop with breathtaking clarity.
There is probably no orchestra in the world better suited to this music than Pittsburgh - including Vienna and Berlin. Always a superb ensemble in German music, the orchestra shows playing that truly is in a class of its own.
Vladimir Ashkenazy's style of conducting is most suited to Sibelius and you can confidently pick from among his recordings of the Finnish master. The transparency of the sound is impressive. Absolutely top-notch Sibelius.
Ashkenazy responds well to Elgar’s various changes of mood, ensuring that the work [
In the South] is not episodic. The canto popolare passage is atmospherically done, including a nice dusky viola solo, and the conductor prepares for this section imaginatively.
There’s much to admire in Elgar's First Symphony. The drive and energy Ashkenazy brings to movement II while in III he evinces proper feeling for this noble adagio, yet sensibly keeps the music on the move; he’s evidently in sympathy with this noble and eloquent music
Here is the rare version of Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kijé Suite with a baritone solo in two movements. Also rarely heard is The Ugly Duckling for soprano and orchestra. The vivid, sumptuous sound of Exton's hybrid SACD captures the music with lively detail and a rich immediacy.
The 2nd Symphony, Sibelius' most popular, is featured in this third volume of the series. Together with orchestral gems 'Tapiola' and 'The Swan of Tuonela'. Music that depicts the beauty of nature in the Nordic countries.
The otherwise very quiet audience gives a rousing cheer at the end, and you will too for a fabulously recorded live performance that truly captures the freshness and daring of this work as few other versions have.