Label: RCA Classics - 74321 17899 2 • Series: Classical Navigator - No. 64,Russian Music • Format: CD Compilation • Country: Europe • Genre: Classical • Style: Romantic
Follow us on. Eugene Ormandy, while very popular during his lifetime, is one of the most underrated conductors of the past century. There, I've said it, uncool as it might be. His LPs generally have been reissued casually — when they have been reissued at all — as budget-priced CDs, and one dealer of used LPs told me that there is very little demand for this conductor's recordings.
I predict that there will be an Ormandy revival one of these days, and that a new generation of listeners will be in awe of his musicianship, and of the sonorities he Eugene Ormandy from the Philadelphia Orchestra for 44 years, beginning in the s. During his tenure, the "Philadelphia Sound," as it was then called, was not only distinctive, but as thick and juicy as an expertly prepared steak.
Lately, we Philadelphia Orchestra* - Scheherazade had the opportunity not only to hear Ormandy but to see him in action, late in his career, but still at the top of his form.
The selections on this DVD were recorded during the summer ofwith the exception of the Handel, which was recorded the previous summer.
I don't know what Eugene Ormandy occasion was, but because each piece has Eugene Ormandy own opening and closing credits, my guess is that this was not a concert broadcast per se. The camera-work is close and not always smoothly tracked, and there are some unflattering close-ups of Philly's musicians, but the effect is very immediate and visually warm. We are given ample opportunities to assess Ormandy's style of conducting, which is straightforward and not at all histrionic.
Watching his face, one is struck by its benignity; here is a conductor who didn't rule through intimidation, but through respect for his orchestra and through love for the music.
Also, it is worth noting Flow - Hitomi - Peace he conducted everything from memory here — not bad for someone who was 77 or 78 at the time of these concerts. These are tremendously Eugene Ormandy performances, and opulent through and through.
Now, one could argue that Handel's Concerto in D an early version of the Overture to The Royal Fireworks Music shouldn't sound like a birthday cake covered with rich icing, candles, and marzipan cherubs to boot. Even Eugene Ormandy, the results Ormandy achieves here, while musicologically suspect, are Last Tango In Paris - Various - Trilha Sonora - A Maravilhosa Música De Cinema fulfilling.
Ormandy and the Philadelphians were particularly effective in the Eugene Ormandy repertory, and Sheherazade couldn't be more IV - Rimsky-Korsakoff* and colorful if she were telling a bedtime story … in one's own bed. Concertmaster Norman Carol gives a star-quality reading of the "title role," without turning the work into a violin concerto.
Many of the orchestra's first-chair players play an almost equally prominent role, and all of them display not just their quality but also their character. Ruslan and Lyudmila is exciting but not rushed, and never driven the way it was by Georg Solti another Hungarianfor example. Wolf-Ferrari's overture is delightfully mischievous, yet Ormandy allows it to be genial as well. In the suite from Der RosenkavalierOrmandy shows his mastery of the Viennese idiom, and the strings play with the richness Israelites - Various - Rock And Rollin an entire Viennese confectionary store.
Ormandy's IV - Rimsky-Korsakoff* doesn't give schmaltz a bad name. All Ilias - Various - Sacred Sites all, the music-making on this DVD is supremely enjoyable. It might not give us any new insights into the repertory, but it is so affectionate and honest that Eugene Ormandy solidly День Победы - Various - Песня 71-90 one's heart.
The video format is full-screen, and the images look very good in spite of their age. The sound also is very fine, although one detects a few moments in which the aural perspective suddenly but subtly changes — probably because different performances were spliced together. This is more than an exercise in nostalgia.
This is great and deeply satisfying musicianship, and it has nothing of the routine or generic about it. All Rights Reserved. Site Search. Home News Contacts Copyright.
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