VERDI: Requiem
Erika Grimaldi, soprano. Daniela Barcellona, mezzo-soprano. Francesco Neli, tenor. Michele Pertusi, bass. London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Gianandrea Noseda, cond,
LSO LIVE SACD 0800 (2 disks) TT: 77:55

VIVALDI: The Four Seasons. Concerto No. 5 in E flat,Op. 8 No. 5. Concerto No. 6 in C, Op. 8 No. 6. Concerto No 7 in D minor, Op, 8 No. 7. Concerto No. 8 in G minor, Op. 8. No. 8.
Pinchas Zukermann, violinist/conductor. Philip Ledger, harpsichord

BEETHOVEN: Sonata for Piano and Horn, Op 17. SCHUMANN: Adagio and Allegro, Op, 70. FRANZ STRAUSS: Nocturnno, Op. 7. ROSSINI: Prelude, Them e and Variations. SAINT-SAENS: Romance, Op. 67.GLAZUNOV: Reverie, Op. 24. DUKAS: Villanelle. VINTER: Hunter's Moon.
Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn. Alasdair Beatson, piano.
BIS SACD 2228 TT: 65:56

There are a number of multi-channel recordings available of Veerdi' mighty Requiem mass including an earlier one on the LSO Live label with Sir Colin Davis on the podium (REVIEW). Now we have this superb version recorded during concerts in September 2016 in London's Barbican Hall. Conductor Gianandrea Noseda is a leading figure in both the operatic and symphonic worlds. He is principal guest conductor of the London Symphony and next seson will begin his tenure as Music Ddirector of Washington's Natuonal Symphony. He also since 2007 has been Music Director of Teatro Regio Torino where his many opera productions have been highly praised. Nagano leads a dynamic but sensitive performance of the Requiem, with four stellar soloists. This is one of the best-sounding reordings I've heard made in the Barbacan. There is a richness often absent, and engineers surely have done their task admirably—in the Dies Irae the extra trumpets and brass actually do come from the rear. Impressive! Complete texts and translations are provided, and the two disks sell for the price of one. This is a winner all the way!'

Here is a gem for collectors. Another superb issue of original four-channel recordings presented now in the original format—thanks to SACD. These Vivaldi performances were recorded in 1973 by a group of engineers who took full advantage of multi-channel sound. Zukerman is a master of his instrument, a fine conductor as well, and he leads the English Chamber Orchestra in these bold performances. The audio effect is totally satisfying and one is immersed in the sounds of Vivaldi. Even if you have other recordings of these Verdi masterpieces, this one is essential. Thank you, Dutton Epoch!

Alec Frank-Gemmill is a virtuoso master of the French Horn. Principal horn of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, he gives numerous concerts and often appears as soloist with other orchestras, usually in lesser-known repertory. On this excellent BIS SACD he is joined by pianist Alasdar Beatson in more standard repertory, music for horns and piano from the 19th Century. We have the expected nysuc by Beethoven and Schumann and group of brief Roman†ic showpieces ending with Gilbert Vinter's Hunter's Moon. This six-minute encore pictures a rather sedate hunte—no blazing hunting horns here. Performances are perfect, and program notes by the soloist give details about the different kinds of horns and pianos used. The BIS engineers, in this recording made January 2016 in Cologne's Radio Hall, capture these rich sounds most realistically. A fine issue!

R.E.B . (May 2017)