Magazine article Gramophone


Magazine article Gramophone


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Grieg Piano Concerto, Op 16 (a). Peer Gynt--Suite No 1 Lumbye Kopenhagener Eisenbahn-Dampf-Galopp Nielsen Maskarade--Overture Sibelius Finlandia Sinding Fruhlingsrauschen R Strauss Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare

(a) Rudolf Buchbinder pf

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Zubin Mehta

Sony Classical (F) 8887507577-2 (70' * DDD)

Recorded live at the Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, May 14, 2015


Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this disc is the sound quality. It is a concert recorded in a kind of transparent aircraft hangar situated a good walk down the gently sloping gardens from Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. From the vivid sound captured by Teldex Studio Berlin, the Vienna Phil might be in the Musikverein or a regular recording studio. One thing's for certain: the punters in row 85 of the Schloss seating will not have heard this mixed programme of works by northern European composers with quite the same immediacy and depth as you and me sitting in our armchairs. The audience applause is (rightly) retained but seems to come from somewhere near the city centre.

But who is this disc for? …

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