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Discussion: In Memoriam: Yakov Kreizberg (1959-2011)

Posts: 4

Post by lennyw April 11, 2012 (1 of 4)
Bit of a strange release. I presume all the bits have been culled from other discs, and as such an "In Memoriam" will probably only appeal to serious classical listeners, most of whom won't want to spend good money on an excerpts disc, I can't fathom why they've done this. Puzzled.

Post by flyingdutchman April 11, 2012 (2 of 4)
lennyw said:

Bit of a strange release. I presume all the bits have been culled from other discs, and as such an "In Memoriam" will probably only appeal to serious classical listeners, most of whom won't want to spend good money on an excerpts disc, I can't fathom why they've done this. Puzzled.

Me too. A waste, in my opinion. Better to get the symphonies separately with the Dvorak tone poems on them.

Post by robstl April 11, 2012 (3 of 4)
On the plus side for me, though, this brings all of the Dvorak late great tone poems together (they were previously on separate discs coupled with symphonies). I'll probably get this for that reason.

-Rob

Post by hiredfox July 4, 2012 (4 of 4)
What a marvellous tribute to Yakov Kreizberg by Pentatone.

Of course, all of this material has been issued before on the many discs recorded by Pentatone's 'House Orchestra' since 2002 - no hidden gems unfortunately but for those of us who knew Yakov however transiently, the recording has the inestimable advantage of concentrating one's mind on the spontaneous and highly adaptable capabilities of an outstanding and much missed maestro.

The words that will remain in my mind always 'in memoriam' are energy, inspiration, concentration and encouragement. Like Fischer, Yakov Kreizberg would always surprise you in performance with nuances that made very familiar works sound completely fresh. As they note in the booklet - and as we were very well aware in Bournemouth - the empty auditorium seats soon filled and if you didn't book early you didn't get in! And, of course the ladies adored him tall, good looking and charm personified.

His time at Bournemouth was all too brief and we never did get any recordings from them as Naxos seemed unable or unwilling to offer him a recording contract. Luckily when he left to join the Netherlands Philharmonic in Amsterdam one of the first things they did was to sign up with Pentatone and what a brilliant decision that turned out to be.

But we are left with a tremendous legacy of fine Pentatone recordings of which this disc is no less special and a trio of late fine CDs from Monte Carlo. All fitting tributes indeed.

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