Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Nielsen
Symphony No.4 (Inextinguishable)
Scriabin
Poem of Ecstasy, Op.54
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta

Recording dates and location(s) not advised except for stated copyright dates of 1967 (Scriabin) and 1974
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE
466 9042
Duration: 53 minutes
Reviewed: December 2006
A symphony of immutable strength paired with an orgiastic symphony-manqué. Zubin Mehta revels in Scriabin’s colourful extremes and leads a tensile, driven and humane ‘Inextinguishable’, maybe too luxuriant in LA clothing, but vitally gripping. The Nielsen sounds slightly dulled here, if detailed, with terrific ‘battling’ timpanists, while the Scriabin (which follows after too short a gap) enjoys vintage Decca engineering.

 

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