Poulenc: Gloria; Stabat Mater
Boston Pops Orchestra, Kathleen Battle, Seiji Ozawa & Tanglewood Festival Chorus
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Many Strengths -- A Few Weaknesses
Ozawa is a great interpreter, and Kathleen Battle is a fine soprano. The orchestra understands the brightness of Poulenc's orchestrations. However, there is still a bit of a lacking, especially in the choir, which is placed further away from the microphones than they should be. Consequently, they are continually overshadowed by the orchestra. It's hard to argue, however, with the right tempos, the excellent playing, and the wonderful soloist.
Again, does not iTune know the difference between the Boston Pops and Boston Symphony.
Formed: July 11, 1885 in Boston, MA
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s