- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.6 x 14.3 x 0.99 cm; 104.04 g
- メーカー : Chandos
- EAN : 0095115983522
- オリジナル盤発売日 : 2000
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Chandos
- ASIN : B00004TZSE
- ディスク枚数 : 1
Transcriptions orchestrales de Respighi, Bantock, Honegger, Reger, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Raff, Holst, Schoenberg / BBC Philharmonic, dir. Leonard Slatkin
Another Bach anniversary offering, featuring fine performances that have been well recorded. These orchestrations (mainly of organ works) are essentially the product of 19th and 20th-century composers working at a time when it was widely seen as perfectly acceptable to pep up Bach's own orchestrations with the added colour and fattening of texture available from the modern orchestra. Slatkin certainly doesn't offer the kind of over-blown performances such big-boned reworkings often invited, but some may still find the echoes of that earlier tradition a shade unpalatable against the background of today's "authentic" performance styles. Some transcriptions work better than others--either when they retain a native simplicity (as in the moving Reger orchestration for strings of "O Mensch bewein' dein' Suende gross"), or when they represent the quintessential sound of the transcribing composer, as in Elgar's fabulous treatment of the Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537. As a snapshot of how past generations have viewed Bach there is undeniable fascination value here. --Andrew Green
- This is one of those albums that are perfect to show off your audio rig, the opening statement of Bach/Respighi's Passacaglia & Fugue is loud, fierce, and confident. The audio capture is outstanding and every section of the orchestra is well balanced.
Additional comments: Respighi's orchestral transcription is as colorful as anything in his 'Rome' tone poems or 'Three Botticelli Pictures', yet Respighi adds an aggressive battery of brass and a pedal organ to the Passacaglia & Fugue, this one is a real ground-breaker. However, his transcription is very different to Stokowski's; while Leopold switches between the woodwinds and strings, Respighi went out for a more colossal orchestral arrangement that would of made Wagner or Bruckner proud. Anyways, Elgar's transcription of the Fantasia & Fugue in C minor is worthy of admiration. Sir Edward Elgar was a self taught composer and only learned through teaching in music in high schools and instrument experimentation. It's already incredible how such a man managed to orchestrate such piece originally written for organ. Moreover, Elgar's transcription is pure orchestral fireworks, the orchestration reminds me a lot of his Alassio Overture (In the South); heavy aggressive brass, percussion, cymbals, and other Elgarian musical signatures. Vaughan Williams transcription of the 'Giant Fugue' is as anything a you would expect from his Concerto Grosso for strings, if you know his orchestral fingerprints, you know what to expect.
In summary, if you love and enjoy the huge orchestral sounds that Bruckner, Mahler, or Wagner's music yields, you'll find this album more than satisfying. The orchestrations ore quite different from Stokowski's, however it's pleasant and interesting to listen to Bach through other composer's musical language.