Like me, you may not be familiar with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic Orchestra, but on this evidence I think we are going to be hearing rather more of them.
The programme has two big orchestral spectaculars on either side of Hindemith's Symphonic Metamorphoses. Whilst the Respighi (Belkis, Queen of Sheba) and Schmitt (The Tragedy of Salome) may not be quite representative of their composers at their best, they are colourful and exciting works with an Oriental theme, which the orchestra respond to with conviction. It is always good to hear an orchestra fully committed to the music they are playing, and this is exactly what we get under their Swiss conductor Sascha Goetzel. The Hindemith comes out very well, with excellent woodwind playing; in fact all sections of the orchestra are up to the standards of most western orchestras, and there is a real feeling of enjoyment in music making throughout this disc.
And, to suit the music, this disc is wonderfully recorded, wide ranging yet warm, in a sympathetic acoustic (in fact the recording team are British).
If the programme remotely appeals, get this CD. It would also make an excellent demonstration disc for your hi-fi.