This CD is going to provide unexpected delight for lovers of the Late-Romantics. Victor de Sabata is remembered as a remarkably dynamic conductor who made some stunning records with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for Decca in the 1940s and 50s. It is not so well known that he was also a composer. Here are three ravishing symphonic poems from the early 1920s, substantial in length and gorgeously scored for an enormous orchestra. Everybody who responds to Respighi, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Strauss and Busoni is going to love this disc. The conductor, Aldo Ceccato, is de Sabata's son-in-law and has long championed these scores around the world. Here he directs de Sabata's ›own‹ orchestra, the LPO, in their first commercial recordings. Sonically, this disc is state-of-the-art.
'A discovery, thrillingly performed' (The Sunday Times)
'Hyperion once again has us in its debt with its recovery of scores long lost from view … immensely attractive as well as impressively written. I am in no doubt that they deserve to be in the regular repertoire' (The Times)
'Well worth exploring» (BBC Music Magazine)
'All three works programmed here are lusciously scored … You couldn't hope for a better played, or more richly recorded, trio of performances' (Gramophone)
G. Schubert in FonoForum 10/01: »Diese Entdeckung war überfällig. Die klangliche Abtönung dieser luxurierendimpressionistischen
Partituren ist meisterhaft und wird adäquat realisiert vom gut aufgelegten London Philharmonic Orchestra unter Aldo Ceccato – eine überzeugende Werbung für die Musik de Sabatas.«