LUTOSLAWSKI: Symphony No. 1 (1947). Jeux Vénitiens (1961). Symphony No. 4 (1992).
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Hannu Lintu, cond.
ONDINE SACD ODE 1320 TT: 57:21

SCHUBERT: Sonata in A minor "Arpeggione" D 821. Somata (Duo) in A. D. 574. Sonatina in D, D. 384.
Duo KeMi
Daniel Migdal, violin. Jacob Kellermann, guitar).
BIS SACD 2375 TT: 61:22

MOZART: Symphny No 35, K. 385 "Haffner." Sumphony No. 36 ion C LK. 425 "Linz."
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra / Gordan Nikolic, cond.
TACET SACD S 230 TT: 65:23

Conductor Hannu Lintu has made many superb recordings with the Finnish Radio Symphony of which he has been music director for the past six years. This site recently praised their SACD releases of music of Fagerlund and Sibelius (REVIEW) They have made numerous recordings of a wide range of repertory mostly on regular CD. Now we have another superb multi-channel release of three major works of Witold Lutoslawski: two symphonies and one of his best-known works: Venetian Games. The composer's Concerto for Orchestra is performed often, but unfortunately these two symphonies are not—and they should be. These remrkble scores are rather violent and of great substance, richly and intricately orchestrated. I'm sure the large orchestra and conductor are challenged in every way, but the virtuoso Finnish players manage admirably. All of this music has been recorded before, but this new release recorded in spectacular multi-channel sound, is the way to hear them. Tthis is am important issue. Don't miss it!

Here is another winner from TACET - two well-known Mozart symphonies in vivid performances by the superb Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under their conductor Gordan Nikolic. It is another example of the label's approach to multi-channel sound, taking full advantage of available channels to provide a most realistic audio picture with the listener in the middle. As orchestration is slightly different for each symphony, a diagram is provided for each showing specific location for all instruments. If you are interested in true "surround" sound you surely should investigate these TACET releases, most of which have been praised on this site, in particular the Beethoven symphonies. Thanks TACET!!

Schubert apparently was very fond of the guitar and throughout his life owned one or two of the instruments. In spite of this, he wrote only few works for the guiutar, although often many of his works were arranged by others for guitar accompaniment. On this delightful nw BIS SACD we have three works arranged for violin and guitar. This elegant music is well-suited for this gentle combination, and the music emerges with a new c simplicity. AUDIO The Swedish team Duo KeMI (Daniel Migual, violin, and Jacob Kellermann, guitar) was formed in 2006. Each has enjoyed a successful solo career, and they present elegant performances of this captivating music. I look forward to future releases.

R.E.B. (May 2019)