The supernatural meets technical wizardry in this spectacularly recorded program of rare and familiar music to celebrate Halloween.
Kent Nagano conducts some of the best-loved classics of the macabre – including Rimsky-Korsakov’s technicolor re-orchestration of Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain and Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice which achieved fame on the soundtrack for Disney’s film ‘Fantasia’.
The album is also filled with rarities such as Balakirev’s tone poem Tamara and Charles Ives’s Hallowe’en, the first of his ‘Three Outdoor Scenes’ of which Central Park in the Dark is the best-known.
This is the second recording to be released in Decca’s newly revived association with the Montreal Symphony under Music Director Kent Nagano. Always a benchmark for supreme audiophile quality this relationship now bears fruit with innovative and unusual repertoire: the first release of the rare Honegger/Ibert opera L’Aiglon (the first-ever recording of the complete opera) was an immediate critical success, voted ‘Album of the Week’ in The Sunday Times and ‘Recording of the Month’ in Opera magazine.