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Sir Andrew Davis, Melbourne SO - Charles Ives: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

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Sir Andrew Davis, Melbourne SO - Charles Ives: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)

Charles Ives - Orchestral Works, Vol. 1: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 (2015)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 310 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5152 | Time: 01:17:27

Charles Ives composed his first two symphonies between 1897 and 1902, but they weren't performed until a half-century later, when Leonard Bernstein premiered the Symphony No. 2 in 1951, and Richard Bales conducted the Symphony No. 1 in 1953. The contrasts between the two symphonies are striking, since the First was a student work, composed in emulation of the European tradition, while the Second was more idiosyncratic in the use of hymn tunes, folk songs, and other Americana, all developed in a freewheeling manner that reflected Ives' eclectic musical upbringing. This 2015 hybrid SACD by Andrew Davis and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is a straightforward presentation of both works, side-by-side, and their differences are highlighted in the styles of playing.

James Ehnes, Melbourne SO, Sir Andrew Davis - Hector Berlioz: Harold en Italie; Rob-Roy; Reverie et Caprice (2015)

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James Ehnes, Melbourne SO, Sir Andrew Davis - Hector Berlioz: Harold en Italie; Rob-Roy; Reverie et Caprice (2015)

Hector Berlioz - Harold en Italie; Rob-Roy; Rêverie et Caprice (2015)
James Ehnes, violin & viola; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 242 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5155 | Time: 01:03:58

The nine-time Juno-winning Canadian James Ehnes is centre stage in a new recording of orchestral works by Berlioz, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis. This recording was made following an extraordinary concert in November 2014 with the same forces, in which James Ehnes played two instruments made by Stradivarius, respectively a viola in the solo part of Harold en Italie – ‘symphony with a principal viola part’, in Berlioz’s words – and a violin in the solo of Rêverie et Caprice, both of which works feature here.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Charles Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2016) [Re-Up]

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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Charles Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2016) [Re-Up]

Charles Ives: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 (2016)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 173 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5163 | Time: 01:12:27

In this second volume, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Sir Andrew Davis play some of the most characteristic pieces of Charles Ives, an insurance salesman by trade and one of the most precociously original of all American composers.

Tasmin Little, BBC PO, Sir Andrew Davis - The Lark Ascending: Works by Moeran, Delius, Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams (2013)

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Tasmin Little, BBC PO, Sir Andrew Davis - The Lark Ascending: Works by Moeran, Delius, Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams (2013)

The Lark Ascending: E.J. Moeran - Violin Concerto (2013)
and works by Frederick Delius, Gustav Holst, Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Tasmin Little (violin); BBC Philharmonic; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10796 | Time: 01:15:44

Tasmin Little's 2013 release on Chandos is an exploration of lush and lyrical music for violin and orchestra, composed by the leading British composers of the early 20th century, and it is an album of remarkable depth and beauty. Opening the program is the Concerto for violin & orchestra by E.J. Moeran, which sets the mood for the disc with its long-breathed, melancholy lines and pastoral atmosphere. While this is a technically challenging work that shows Little to her best advantage as a virtuoso, listeners may come away from the piece recalling its sweet ambience more than its flashiness. The same could also be said for Frederick Delius' Légende, Gustav Holst's A Song of the Night, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, all three of which provide tests for the violinist's skills, yet are filled with such gorgeous music that listeners may only remember the general opulence of the scores. Also included are premiere recordings of Roger Turner's arrangements of Edward Elgar's Chanson de matin, Chanson de nuit, and Salut d'amour, which in orchestration, mood, and style fit the rest of the album nicely.

BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius; Sea Pictures (2014) 2CDs

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BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis - Edward Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius; Sea Pictures (2014) 2CDs

Edward Elgar - The Dream of Gerontius; Sea Pictures (2014) 2 CDs
Sarah Connolly, mezzo-soprano; Stuart Skelton, tenor; David Soar, bass
BBC Symphony Chorus & Orchestra, conducted by Sir Andrew Davis

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 498 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 296 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Chandos | # CHSA 5140(2) | Time: 02:04:44

Chandos Records is delighted to present this new recording of Elgar’s choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius and the enduringly popular song cycle Sea Pictures. The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus are conducted by Sir Andrew Davis, a peerless Elgarian who this year was awarded the prestigious Elgar Society Medal in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the composer’s music. In Gerontius the soloists are Stuart Skelton, David Soar and Sarah Connolly, who also sings in Sea Pictures. This recording was made in the days leading up to their triumphant live performance of Gerontius in April of this year in which Skelton was praised as ‘the ideal tenor for the role of Gerontius’, Soar described as ‘an implacable, dark sounding Priest’ and Connolly, ‘a consummately polished Angel’ (The Guardian).