PART: Stabat Mater - Choral Works
Soloists/Gloriae Del antores / Richard K. Ougsley, cond.

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. LESHNOFF: Concerto for Clarinet and Bssoon
Pittsburgh Stmphony Orchestra / Manfred Honeek, cond.

PARADISI: Ten Sonatas from Sonate di Gravicembalo
Anna Paradiso, piano
BIS SACD 2415 TT: 87:57

Manfred Honeck and the superb Pittsburgh Symphony continue their series on Referencd Recordings with these performances recorded during concerts May 6 - 8, 2916 (Tchakovsky), and June 6 - 9 2019 (Leshnoff). This brilliant performance of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 is exciing indeed. . It is a dynamic performance in every way with particularly vibant brass. Also we have music of Jonathan Leshnikoff (b. 1973). He is one of the most popular of American composers. He has won numerous awards,a nd had enjoyed close associations with many orchestras including theAtlanta, Balimore, Dallas and nashville orchestras. The New York Times called him"a leader of contemporary American lyricism." He has composed profusely and received many commissions. Some years ago this site mentioned a recording of his Violin Concerto written for Gil Shgaham, .Distant Reflections , and String Quartet No. 1 "Pearl German". Leshnhoff began writing his Double concerto in 2017 for Michael Rusinek and Nanct Gioeres, pricipal clarinet and bssoon of the Pittsburgh Symphony. It is a delightful, tunefu 18-minute work i three movements wit much interplay between the wo insrumens. This is a worthy addition to the catalog.

This site has mentioned a number of recordings of choral music of Arvo Pärt, in particular one directed by Paul Hillier (REVIEW). Now we have this fine new release features the 25-minute Stabat Mater.The program also includes Peace Upon You, Jerusalem, a setting of Psalm 122 for women's voices, L'abbé Agathon, a musical re-telling of an ancient the elderly Abbot Agathon, Salve Regina, and Nunc dimittis,. and Magnificat. Profuse program notes describe eh work, and complete texts and translations are provided. The first-class Gloriae Dei Cantores, a 30-member ensemble gives dedicated performances with a small instrumental ensembl3e. The recordings were made in Church of the Transfiguration in Orleans, Mass. Engineers have captured the performances in outstanding multi-channel audio placing the listener right inside the resonant church.

Several years ago his site mentioned a recording of harpsichordist Anna Paradiso playing a group of sonatas by 18h Century Swedish composer Johan Helmich Roma (REVIEW). Now she turns her attention to another rarely-heard composer, Pietro Domenico Paradisi (1706 - 1791). Is there some kind of family relationship? It isn't clear. His keyboard sonatas are considered to be his finest work, but he also composed two keyboard concertos , instrumental works and four symphonies. The sonatas were quite popular at the time, and Jascha Heifetz often played the Toccata from Sonata No 6 as an encore. Anna Paradiso specializes in early music for the harpsichord and here plays all of Paradisi's sonatas. She wrote program notes and explains her approach to this music, adding ornamentation as she felt appropriate. The result is sparkling performances of music that doubtless will be new to most listeners. She performs these sonatas on three instruments: a a French harpsichord by Françcois Paul Ciocca after Nicholas & Françcois Blanchet (1730), an original Swedish clavichord by Pehr Lindholm (1792) restored by Dan Johansson, and an original fortepiano by John Broadwood & & Sons (1802) also restored by Dan Johansson. The recordings were made November 2018 in Sweden's Petryskykan, Danderyd, and engineers have captured the delicate sounds of the instruments in splendid multi-channel sound.

R.E.B. (May 2020)