Il'ya Murometz (Comp)-Sym 3 Op. 42
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : いいえ
- 製品サイズ : 12.29 x 14.2 x 1.19 cm; 96.1 g
- メーカー : Telarc
- EAN : 0089408060922
- 製造元リファレンス : 089408060922
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Telarc
- ASIN : B00007GZAT
- ディスク枚数 : 1
This flamingly multicolored, unashamedly grand-scaled symphony receives a performance here so sonically beautiful that it's practically visible. The work is programmatic and tells of the heroic deeds of a medieval knight-strongman, (translated as) "Il 'ya from the town of Murom." Given the orchestration--quadruple woodwinds, four trumpets, eight horns, four trombones, tuba, timpani, percussion, two harps, celeste, and strings--he comes across as a combination of Superman, Batman, Robin Hood, and Wagner's Siegfried. Leon Botstein brings out great warmth in the London Symphony's string section, the flute bird-curlicues in the second movement are luscious, and, in general, his leadership has nice forward propulsion in a work that can easily sound bloated. If this sort of huge, Romantic palette is your cup of tea--and it is sort of irresistible--then look no further. This realization is ravishing, and Telarc's sound is an audiophile's dream. --Robert Levine
I guess I heard a different symphony since others have condemned this version. Yet, in one of the music magazines I read, the critic picked the Telarc version as the best one available at present. Again, I am reminded that every human being is unique and has different tastes, especially in classical music. I will continue to play the Telarc until a new one comes out in order to hear the difference of this seldom heard work.
I just found the review
mentioned above. It is in the 2012 Gramophone Classical Music Guide and I quote:
"The LSO and Leon Bostein have the edge in almost every respect over rival performances . . . and Telarc's recording is a degree or two more spacious, without ever feeling overblown." I guess there is no right or wrong here despite the harsh words written above. Happy listening.