- Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B000003CSO
- Other Editions: Audio Cassette
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
|1. Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis|
|4. Adagio For Strings|
|6. Irish Tune From County Derry (Danny Boy)|
1. Significant pitch problems can be heard in the strings on the Barber Adagio. Passages that should shimmer instead grate on the ears.
2. The Satie selections are particularly flat and lifeless, as though Mr. Slatkin felt the need to create a "soothing" sound rather than one that adequately captures the playful smile always peeking out of Satie's music.
3. The gorgeous harmonies and inner passages in the Grainger Tune from County Derry were given short shrift in favor of swoopy dynamics.
4. Throughout the disc the playing seemed tentative, in some instances almost hesitant.
In summary, a CD that can provide very pleasant background music but doesn't stand the test of close, critical listening.
But you're probably reading this to learn about the music. Slatkin has had at least two recorded outings on the Vaughn-Williams (the other with the equally beautiful Philharmonia); this is the one to have. The players sound committed, the conducting lets the music breathe and it has a soul. Slatkin's Philharmonia try was a beautiful, emotionless jewel--served under glass. The only recording I know to top this one is Ormandy's breathtaking outing on Sony.
This is one of three recorded performances of Barber's great Adagio. This one is beautifully played...but it's too fast for me; his EMI Barber disc is the one to have.
The Pavane perhaps lacks a little bit in the overt drama that can sometimes be found in this work; but this interpretation of quiet, beautifuly lushness will do just fine.
The Grainger and the Satie are quiet, beautiful lollipops played to perfection. There isn't really a lot of room for interpretation, and Slatkin presents the music thankfully at face value.
The engineering is very good, catching the beauty of the strings and plenty of the Powell Symphony Hall ambience. A quick look at recording dates makes you wonder if the orchestra recorded these pieces mostly for fun: they were recording Mahler during the same period!
My only complaint about this disc is that it's too short!