I should also have been clear about SymphonyCast, in that it is part of the "public radio" US network (National Public Radio and such), which tries to be non-commercial radio except for underwriting announcements on the hour or half hour. Commercial classical radio in the USA is few and far between.
(As a sidebar, the Proms management missed a trick in not programming at least one of the Dutilleux symphonies for this past season, as either 1 or 2 would have been welcome at The Proms in his 95th b-day year. Would have been preferable to have both, of course.)
"If you can't wait that long, do as I did, amateur, and order it on French Amazon.."
Thanks for the recommendation, MickyD. Duly ordered (and it's not very expensive, at least by comparison with the usual price of CDs here in sunny France).
You're right, HighlandDougie - prices for this locally based publisher Actes Suds' recordings are quite reasonable. Where are you exactly in French France by the way?
I'm in the Alpes Maritimes, north of Nice and on the edge of the Mercantour National Park. Very scenic but not so remote that I can't get to the coast for concerts/opera (off to hear Jean-Efflam Bavouzet in Monte Carlo on Sunday, for instance).
The Firebird arrived yesterday and was the 'launch CD' for my new Naimuniti (which also arrived yesterday). What a thrilling performance (and recording). As you said, the sonorities Roth achieves with his orchestra are well worth hearing in their own right but with the bonus of the fine performance and exceptionally full-ranged recording. Great 'fill-up', too. I fell an exploration of their other CDs coming on
So pleased you share my enthusiasm for that disc. The Saint Saens Organ Symphony CD has similar sonic qualities, it being recorded by the same label. I gather there is also a Symphonie Fantastique, too. Their CD of Chabrier and Gounod is pleasing, but I don't think the recording is as pleasing, it has a much closer acoustic. I will soon get hold of their Poulenc Organ Concerto, as I feel it must be worth a listen. By the way, what a nice part of the country you are in!
One last comment I forgot in my earlier post about the SymphonyCast "dumbing down" of this Prom for US audiences when they took out the Dutilleux, namely that an orchestra friend had attended this concert in person in London, and when I told her what had happened for the SymphonyCast presentation, her face dropped and she said:
"Why did they do that? That was the best part!"