BBC Music Magazine Selects Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's IL'YA MUROMETS, as 'Pick of the Month'
A five-star review and a "pick of the month" designation from BBC Music Magazine is the latest international accolade for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra's recording of Reinhold Gliere's Symphony No. 3, "Il'ya Muromets," released on the Naxos label in February.
"Falletta and her excellent orchestra give a visceral account of the score projecting its wide range of moods, from mystery and enchantment to violence and tragic intensity," reviewer Erik Levi said.
The BBC Music Magazine is one of the most widely-read classical music publications in the world. The magazine gave this disc five stars for performance and five stars for recording quality.
The disc of this rarely-recorded work has drawn praise from many publications. Fanfare Magazine's feature took readers inside the May 2013 recording of the symphony. International reviews have come from the British newspaper The Telegraph; the Luxemburg-based site Pizzicato Daily News; and the French site ResMusica.
In a comment typical of reviewers, Classics Today said: "Finally, we have a superbly played, viscerally exciting, richly engineered recording that proves that the symphony does indeed "work" as a coherent piece of music....This interpretation makes better sense of it than any previous version, and it's also engineered with the vividness and impact necessary to do the playing full justice." The Buffalo News, which has been reviewing the BPO's recordings since their 1946 world premiere recording of Shostakovich's Stalingrad Symphony, called the Gliere disc their best yet.
This disc was the 28th recording completed by the Buffalo Philharmonic since the beginning of Music Director JoAnn Falletta's tenure in 1999. The BPO records on its own label, Beau Fleuve, and on the international classical label Naxos Records. This was the 18th recording completed for Naxos, and several other recording projects for the label are in the works. These recordings are available on the Naxos website, on amazon.com, and at countless other classical websites and brick-and-mortar record stores.
Through these recordings, the BPO is heard on broadcast and satellite classical radio stations worldwide. In addition, the BPO's concerts can be heard regularly on American Public Media's "Performance Today," which is syndicated on public radio stations in 225 cities in the United States, and available online. The program reaches an estimated 5 million listeners weekly.