I wish I could say that Rattle's reading expresses all of Bruckner's spiritual fervor and picturesque tone painting
, but, alas, for me it accomplishes only half the job.
A ground-breaking piece of tone painting
in its time, it still grabs the attention in this spirited arrangement for violin, recorders, theorbo and bass viol.
The five-minute transcription of ``The Old Castle'' from ``Pictures at an Exhibition'' is a stunning piece of tone painting
This kind of treatment works perfectly with a tone painting
such as this; the viewer can feel that he or she is viewing the localities that the composer was seeing in his mind's eye at the time of composition.
It might have been fun to hear what the master tone painting
could have done with it.
There is nothing particularly remarkable about any of the overtures, but they are clearly a step toward tone painting
and even impressionism.
Recorded in 1976, the performances are colorful, sometimes splashy, sometimes subtle, always vivid, and picturesque, everything you'd want from these miniature tone paintings