Joshua Weilerstein's 2016 release on MDG Gold is an extraordinary recording debut, showcasing his brilliance as a conductor and his strong aptitude for the music of Igor Stravinsky. He leads the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne in stimulating performances of the Pulcinella Suite, the ballet Apollon musagète, and the Concerto in D for string orchestra (also known as the Basel Concerto), all neoclassical works that benefit from the musicians' sharp clarity and virtuosity. The playing is so vibrant and colorful in Pulcinella, one wishes that Weilerstein and the orchestra had performed the entire ballet and given it the same attention to detail and sonic richness. Even so, this performance is a treat, as are the sparkling readings of Apollon musgète and the Concerto. While these last two are works for string orchestra, with a certain consistency of ensemble sound, Weilerstein takes great pains to bring out the variety of timbres and techniques that make their sonorities just as interesting and appealing as those of a chamber orchestra of mixed instruments. The unprocessed audiophile recording by MDG captures the orchestra with direct audio reproduction, free of studio manipulation, and the depth of the multichannel sound is remarkably lifelike. Highly recommended.
AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
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