Symphonie Espagnole Opus 21 (5) Edouard Lalo Download 'Symphonie Espagnole Opus 21 (5)' on iTunes
Modern symphony orchestra the Leipzig Gewandhaus teach us in the most enjoyable way that there's more than way to play Bach
Repertoire: Brandenburgische Konzerte
Artists: Gewandhausorchester/Riccardo Chailly
Label: Decca 478 2191
The Leipzig Gewandhaus teaches a valuable lesson here in how there’s more than one way to play Bach. Unsurprisingly for a modern symphony orchestra, its sound is slightly fuller and more smoothly honed than that of its period-instrument rivals, and tempi are brisk. However, that’s no complaint. These players not only understand but also revel in this music; it’s obvious in the way they carry and shape a line of musical thought, in their dance-like lightness and in their convincing depictions of every emotion from exuberance to haunting uncertainty. If only all lessons were as enjoyable as this genuinely uplifting listen.