Mon, Fri 星期一、五 5:30pm
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A group of music critics guide you through some of the the most interesting new releases to keep you in touch with the latest fine music recordings.
Critic: Jerome Hoberman
Ivan Repušic, who made his debut as principal conductor of the Münchner Rundfunkorchester in theautumn of 2017 with Giuseppe Verdi’s “Luisa Miller”, now presents a lesser-known masterpiece by the famous Italian opera composer. The concert performance of Verdi's early stage work “I due Foscari” was recorded on November 25, 2018 at the Munich Prinzregententheater.
Verdi's early masterpiece “I due Foscari” was the first opera he wrote for the Teatro Argentina in Rome. He had already worked on the material (Lord Byron's drama “The Two Foscari”), and, after a first subject had been rejected by the Roman censors, Verdi returned to it and had the libretto written by Francesco Maria Piave. Although the opera’s premiere on November 3, 1844 was only moderately successful, the work was still frequently performed up to the 1870s. It was rediscovered during the early 1950s and has since become a fixed part of the international opera repertoire.
The concert performance in Munich's Prinzregententheater received great acclaim from audience and critics alike. Ivan Repušic conducts a genuine theatrical Verdi here: vital, robust, fiery and extremely lively.
Critic: Dennis Wu
Under the direction of its Chief Conductor Alexander Liebreich, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra has become the leading ensemble in the country and is one of Europe’s major radio orchestras. As cultural ambassadors with a rich tradition, the orchestra has made its mark through performances of Polish composers, as it is impressively seen in this cycle that features works by Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutoslawski. The three-part cycle was unanimously praised by international reviews and received the International Classical Music Award 2017 as “Best Collection”. Now, all three albums are available as a 3-release set, presented here.