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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10, The Gadfly - RPO/Shipway        (0 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas Yesterday 01:05 am

Shostakovich wrote his Tenth Symphony in 1953 after Stalin's death. It is brilliantly orchestrated and there are ironic and neurotic elements, which are typical in Shostakovich's music. The long first movement - about 25 minutes - is very effectively. There are real sorrow, and Shostakovich's style ... more
  Site review by Castor Yesterday 12:13 am

The recording of two Brahms Symphonies that occupy this SACD stem from performances by the LSO under Valery Gergiev given at the Barbican in December 2012. At these concerts Gergiev paired Brahms Symphonies with those of Szymanowski an idea that many might regard as a bizarre piece of programming. ... more
The Butterfield Blues Band: East-West        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Mtphill August 17, 2014

Just rec'd this and will agree with first review that the re-master is as good as the original source; not the best but very worthy. What is significant is that Audio Fidelity understood the importance of breathing new life into a bit of our history. There's only so much Bloomfield out there!
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Shui        (3 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas August 17, 2014

I was impressed when I heard this disc first time, because Singapore Symphony Orchestra's playing is very effectively and BIS label's recording is warm and natural. Rachmaninov's Third Symphony is quite unknown to me: I heard Osmo Vänskä's live recording with London Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO) ... more
  Site review by Castor August 16, 2014

This release marks the completion of the Mahler symphony cycle by Marcus Stenz and the Gürzenich Orchestra of Cologne. In addition to Mahler's nine symphonies and the 'Adagio' from his unfinished 10th, Stenz's cycle has also encompassed a very fine disc of Mahler's 'Wunderhorn' Lieder . The whole ... more

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