Mozart: Symphonies No. 25, No. 28 & No. 29
Sir Charles Mackerras has perfect pitch when it comes to Mozart, and his high-voltage 1987 accounts of these pre-Vienna symphonies are stylistically informed and splendidly musical: indeed, the almost operatic treatment of the "little" G Minor Symphony conveys the score's storm-and-stress inspiration with unusual force. The performances are excitingly played, and cleanly too, with the Prague musicians showing excellent ensemble, often at breakneck tempos. The recording, made at the House of Artists, sounds superb. --Ted Libbey
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Halloween
The works of African American composers such as Hale Smith are often mistakenly classified as jazz. However, classical aficionados will appreciate the complexity and grace of Hale's music. Its contemporary, urban sound makes it a natural descendent of the classical music of the past.Throughout his career, Hale was certainly involved in the jazz scene, collaborating with such luminaries as Eric Dolphy and Ahmad Jamal, and the influence they've had on his music is easily heard in pieces like "Variations a Due" for saxophone and cello. The smoky horn melodies would sound perfect on a film noir soundtrack or in a jazz club. "Innerflexions" turns a symphony orchestra into a big band par excellence. In addition to working with jazz greats, Hale is responsible for arranging spirituals for singers such as Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, and this talent for arrangement is part of what makes this album's music so memorable.
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