Its the rare listener who will judge these high-energy, generally good-humored compositions as other than engaging. David Chesky wields a brilliant palette. Classical buffs will amuse themselves identifying quotes, along with stylistic turns deftly lifted from 20th-century masters. The excellent soloists appear at home with the musics spirit and demands, as does the Swedish ensemble and its fine young Bulgarian conductor. Composer-supervised recordings, as this one is, bear the stamp of authenticity.
Nicholas Prout engineered these sessions with one SoundField microphone, its signature four-module array designed to capture events at a central point. If youve wondered about the advantages of minimalist technique, seek no further than Cheskys Concerto for Orchestra. It is among the most lifelike recordings I have heard. The dynamic spread is astonishing, as is the sense of coherence and space. The musics playfulness profits from the recordings beautifully defined jack-in-the-box dimensionality.
However, relative to the Concerto for Orchestras jaw-dropping verisimilitude, the single-microphone protocol puts the solo instruments in too prominent a position should you want to elevate the orchestras participation to that of the Concerto for Orchestra, which easily tolerates loud playback levels. A minor cavil.
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