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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Horizon 9 (24/96 FLAC)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra - Horizon 9 (24/96 FLAC)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Horizon 9 (24/96 FLAC)

Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor: Alan Gilbert, Peter Eötvös, Gustavo Gimeno, Stéphane Denève
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: RCO Live
Size: 1.49 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Roukens: Boundless (Homage to L. B.)
01. I. Manically
02. II. Glacially
03. III. Propulsively
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Alan Gilbert

Eötvös: Multiversum
04. I. Expansion
05. II. Multiversum
06. III. Time and Space
László Fassang (hammond organ), Iveta Apkalna (organ)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Peter Eötvös

07. Rijnvos: Amérique du Nord
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno

08. Tüür: Solastalgia
Vincent Cortvrint (piccolo)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Stéphane Denève

The performances here could hardly be faulted for their commitment, with the wide-ranging SACD sound and overall presentation up to the consistently high standard of earlier releases in this valuable series. Quite what it says about contemporary Dutch music is another matter.

The ninth release in RCO Live’s Horizon series contains four world premieres (co-) commissioned by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: Joey Roukens’ Boundless and Richard Rijnvos’ Amérique du Nord were both commissioned for concerts celebrating the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, the first being a reflection on Bernstein’s character, the second an exhilarating roadtrip through Bernstein’s fatherland the United States of America. In Peter Eötvös’ Multiversum various orchestral groups, organ and Hammond organ are dancers in a cosmic ballet of separate universes. Apart from being an important addition to the very small repertoire for orchestra and solo piccolo, Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Solastalgia is a passionate call to care for the earth’s environment..

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