Ozawa & The Boston Symphony Orchestra

 
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Ozawa & The Boston Symphony Orchestra
Gidon Kremer (violin) Simon Preston (organ) / Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa

[ Deutsche Grammophon Conductors & Orchestras / 8 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Saturday 1 December 2018

The historic 29-year directorship of Seiji Ozawa left an indelible stamp on all of the orchestras activities. His many DG recordings reflect his primacy in coloristic repertoire, his superior ability at marshalling large forces and his sympathetic responsiveness as concerto collaborator.

"Ozawa's 1977 Boston recording of Mahler's First Symphony is alert and clear-sighted with a fine youthful sheen to it. It was also very vividly recorded... The case for hearing the Blumine movement once in a while is a reasonable one, and Ozawa's direction of both the Blumine interlude and the symphony as a whole make it an attractive proposition."

"(Ozawa) packs a strong visceral punch, so his success here comes as no surprise. His hair-trigger responsiveness well suits a work whose immediate impact seems to bypass intellection and permeates the system directly through every nerve end." New York Times [Prokofiev]

"While he misses no details, Ozawa certainly never overdoes them . . . Ozawa also knows how to sustain the final gigantic crescendo that brings the marching Roman army to the victorious final bar, aided at all times by the rich and sonorous quality of this superbly-engineered Deutsche Grammophon recording. Ozawa pours the full sheen and brilliance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra over the rich score and the end result really is truly overwhelming." [Respighi]

Tracks:

Bartók:
Music For Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Chabrier:
España

Gounod:
Faust - Ballet Music

Thomas, Ambroise:
Mignon

Offenbach:
Gaîté Parisienne

Mahler:
Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan' (with "Blumine")

Fauré:
Pelléas et Mélisande, Op. 80

Fauré:
Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1

Fauré:
Pavane, Op. 50

Fauré:
Élégie in C minor, Op. 24

Fauré:
Dolly Suite, Op. 56

Franck, C:
Symphony in D minor

Poulenc:
Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings & Timpani

Prokofiev:
Romeo And Juliet, Op.64 [highlights]

Respighi:
Pines of Rome
Roman Festivals
Fountains of Rome

Rimsky Korsakov:
Scheherazade, Op. 35

Shostakovich:
Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129

Schumann:
Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 (arr. violin)