- Audio CD (Sept. 9 2003)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Musical Concepts Inc.
- ASIN: B0000B1A20
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
|1. Andante , Ma Non Troppo|
|2. Andante, Ma Non Troppo Lento|
|3. Scherzo: Allegro|
|4. Finale (Quasi Una Fantasia)|
|5. Tempo Molto Moderato, Quasi Adagio|
|6. Allegro Molto Vivace|
|7. Il Tempo Largo|
|2. Tempo Andante, Ma Rubato|
|4. Finale (Allegro Moderato)|
|5. Allegro Moderato|
|6. Andantino Con Moto, Quasi Allegretto|
|7. Moderato, Allegro Ma Non Tanto|
Now, here they are again. This time round, Silverline Classics has achieved 24-bit, high resolution, 5.1 surround sound via DVD Audio versions. Since the venue is that of the Mormon Tabernacle, it makes for a unique experience to hear the Utah players in that circular space, at once both ethereal and tonally specific.
So the story has it, building materials were hard to find in the time when the tabernacle was built. It had to be mainly erected with laboriously fitted wood, helped along by endless leather ties and wooden pins to tighten the beams. As a soundstage, the tabernacle offers your ear a round, reverberant space; but still you get a simultaneous particularity that goes against the brain's logic, which would otherwise argue that you cannot get so clear an edge to high frequency transients in such big, circular air.
So it is a pleasure to report that this modern recreation on DVD Audio disc is successful. (Amazon doesn't yet seem to have sufficient high resolution clue, to list them; but look around, the discs are released and available.) DVD Audio in fact captures the tabernacle's acoustical identity, in ways that support and serve the music.
Then you must add in the impact of Abravanel's sheer musicality. Like Herbert Blomstedt, or the late Gunter Wand, Abravanel was a conductor who lived into the repertoire for years and years, always going deeper into the music. Yet he led the Utah orchestra with a self-effacing transparency, so that in the final analysis, all that is left standing in an Abravanel performance is the composer and the music.Read more ›