- Audio CD (Aug. 5 2003)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Testament
- ASIN: B000094YFK
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
This Testament CD restores to circulation some of Desormiere's finest work. His Ibert Divertissement has an infectious mischief that has never been matched. The Ippolitov-Ivanov Caucasian Sketches receives here its finest interpretation - but be warned that this wonderful orchestra is of the French "old school" - reedy winds, wavery horns and the like. I personally feel that this is EXACTLY what French & Russian composers had in mind when orchestrating - but if you are used to the precise, rather colorless American style of playing, you may need to make some adjustments. For me, I find it all rather hypnotic, especially in the slow tempo Desormiere adopts for the Procession of the Sardar. After playing it, I quickly discarded my otherwise fine Slatkin version because I knew I would never be listening to it again.
Both the Sleeping Beauty and the Scarlatti-Tommasini Good-Humoured Ladies are delightfully dancelike. This is one of those CDs I will be returning to again and again. The transfers are fine - they sure beat my worn-out old LPs. This sort of historical re-issue won't be around for long - grab a copy while you can.