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NYPhil: van Zweden focus is color and detail on new decca gold: Stravinsky, Debussy recording / Classical Music Sentinel

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In this 'live' recording, captured during conductor Jaap van Zweden's opening weeks as music director of the New York Philharmonic, the primary focus is on orchestral colors and instrumental detail. Most conductors tend to emphasize the visceral impact of this work and overlook Igor Stravinsky's brilliant orchesration. The variety of woodwind instruments that launch the work and form the backbone of the whole 'Introduction' are given full prominence in this performance, and in the segments that follow, I admire the way the brass and percussion instruments naturally sound like they are positioned at the back of the orchestra and are not artificially spotlit or pulled forward. And the same attention to orchestral balance can be heard in this account of Claude Debussy's La Mer, the second work found on this disc. You can feel that the sound emanating from your speakers is that of a large orchestra as deep as it is wide, a soundscape quite befitting the sense of scope La Mer projects.

Read the full Jean-Yves Duperron - March 2019 REVIEW 

IGOR STRAVINSKY - Le Sacre du Printemps - Claude Debussy - La Mer - New York Philharmonic - Jaap van Zweden (Conductor) - 028948179817 - Released: March 2019 - Decca Gold 002969002