SIBELIUS: Luonnotar, Op. 70. Tapiola, Op. 112. Pelleas
and Melisande Suite, Op. 46. Rakastava, Op. 14. Spring
Song, Op. 16.
MOZART: Symphony No. 39 in E flat, K. 543. Symphony No. 41 in
C, K. 551 "Jupiter."
French-Spanish conductor / violinist Gordon Nikolic (b. 1968) has had a remarkable career. For 20 years he was concertmaster of the London Symphony enjoying a solo career as well. In 2004 he became Music Director of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. He has made many recordings of standard repertory, particularly for Pentatone, but now records for Tacet. Recently this site praised their recording of Mozart's Symphonies 35 and 36 (REVIEW). His latest disk for the label offers these stylish performance of two of Mozart's greatest symphonies. Recordings were made June 12 - 15, 2019 in Yakult Hall of the NedPho Dome in Amsterdam, a pleasingly resonant venue. The orchestra was arranged in circular fashion and a diagram shows location of each group separating strings, woodwinds and brass. Tacet's imaginative use of multi-channels places the listener right in the center of the orchestra, highly effective indeed. The spirited performances are excellent. We look forward to future Tacet releases by this superb Dutch group
R.E.B. (July 2021)