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

Beethoven
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 – Overture
Berlioz
Roman Carnival, Op.9
Brahms
Academic Festival Orchestra, Op.80
Gershwin
Cuban Overture
Glinka
Ruslan and Ludmilla – Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op.36
Rossini
The Thieving Magpie – Overture
Verdi
The Force of Destiny – Overture
Cleveland Orchestra
Lorin Maazel

Recorded between 1975-1980 [Precise recording dates and locations(s) not documented]
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 460 506-2
Duration: 75 minutes
Reviewed: January 2007
A superbly played and recorded collection, Maazel ensuring that these performances are no mere run-throughs; like or not his approach, he has a view – sometimes mannered, always ear-catching, full of personality and technically infallible. Beethoven is deftly turned, Berlioz glows, Rossini’s rhythms are made explicit, Rimsky’s grand ceremony is solemn and rapacious, and Gershwin’s exotic travels are captured in Technicolor.

 

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