Symmetries. The Chairman Dances. SUMERA: Symphony
Norrlands Opera Orch/Kristjan Jarvi, cond.
CCn'C 01912 TT: 58:28 (5 channel)
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HOLST: The Planets,
Op. 32. BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes,
Planets was recorded late in 1971 in Avery Fisher Hall, a site notorious for its poor acoustics. Engineers have done quite well under the circumstances; there is no question reverb was added to make the sound richer. Notes also state "the organ overdub was recorded on June 7, 1973 at 30th Street Studio, New York City." It does seem odd this additional organ wasn't added until two years after the original recording. Perhaps it was felt the Avery Fisher Hall organ simply was inadequate; at any rate, organ sound now is mightily impressive. Don't expect the richnessand directionality heard in Sony's surround issues of Prokofiev and Mussorgsky (REVIEW). Planets has the same sound heard on the Boulez Bartók recordings made in the same hall about the same time. From rear speakers you'll hear only ambience. The Britten Interludes, recorded in the 30th Street Studio March 8, 1973, have far richer sound than Planets. The booklet includes notes from original LP releases of both works including mention of the Passacaglia from Peter Grimeswhich is not included on this CD. It was on the original LP (M34529) and apparently its inclusion would have made this multi-channel too lengthy. Let us hope it will turn up on another SACD sometime soon.