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PRICE: Symphony No. 3 in C minor (1940).The Mississippi River (1934) Ethiopia's Shadow in America (1932)
ORF Vienna Radio Orchestra / John Jeter. comd.
NAXOS 8.559897 TT: 66:48

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 9 in C The Great. KRENEK: Static and Estatic.
Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst, cond.

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. No. 15 in A mnor, Op. 132. VARESE: Ameriques. STAUD: Stromba (Downstream) STRAUSS: Aus Italien, Op.l 16. DEUTSCH: Okeanos. (Cocerto for Organ and orchestra). PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45
Paul Jacobs, organ. Cleveland Orchestra / Franz Welser-Möst, cond.
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA TCO 001 (three disks) TT: 63:00 / 62:00 / 65:00

Recently this site praised a Naxos CD that offered premiere recordings of two works by American composer Florence Price, Symphonies 1 and 4 performed by the Fort Smith Symphony conducted by John Jeter (REVIEW).Now the label offers recordings of the composer's Symphony No. 3 and two other works. The Symphony was written in 1940 showing influence of African folk songs and dances, particularly in the jazzy third movement. The other works reflect the plight of enslaved Africans, often quoting famous spirituals. Performances here are not impressive. The Viennese orchestra sounds under rehearsed, and audio is not impressive. If you're interested in Symphony No. 3 wait for the soon to be released DGG recording with Yannick Nezet-Seguin and The Philadelphiaia Orchestra, a disk that also inudes Symphony No. 1.

The Cleveland Orchestra is issuing some of of live performances in deluxe presentations. All are conducted by their music director Franz Welser-Möst. This site mentioned a disk of Schnittke's Concerto for Piano and Strings (with Yefim Bronfman) and Prokofiev;s Symphony No. 2 (REVIEW). Here are two more releases in the series. A single deluxe 8 x 8 inch release couples Schubert;s Symphony No. 9 with Krenek's Static and Estatic, a 20-minute challenge for listeners, an unlikely coupling indeed. There is a 34-page book with many high-gloss photos and complete program notes. The other set is even more elaborate, a 9 by 12 inch boxed set that inches three disks and a 152-page booklet with photos and profuse program notes. Repertory is listed above.The major work is Bernd Richard Deutsch's Okeanos, an organ concerto for large orchestra with elaborate percussion and organ, This was composed 2014-2015, a omission from Vienna's Gesellschaaft Gesellschatt Musikfreunde and the ORF Orchestra. It us a four-movement half-hour work with many loud percussion outbursts. Program notes include comments by Deutsch, who is composer-in-residence with the Cleveland Orchestra. There is a compete explanation of the work, inspired by Greek mythogy in which Okeanos is the personification of the original waters that encircled the earth. To this listener, this is a minor addition to the organ concerto repertory. The stereo audio is ultra clear, but it seems odd that these are advertised as SACD, but not multi-channel. It also seems odd that more music wasn't incuded; there is room for more. This seems to be a vanity project for the Cleveland Orchestra.

R.E.B. (December 2021)