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Britten: War Requiem - Noseda        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas Yesterday 12:38 am

Britten's "War Requiem" was premiered at the Coventry Cathedral in 1962. This performance - which was recorded at the Barbican Hall - is very good in its own way. The surround sound - 5.0 - captures the off-stage children choir perfectly - I heard them from my surround speakers. But there aren't the ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 - Ballot        (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwgfrg May 27, 2015

I'm sorry to rain on the parade of raves this set has received here, but based on them I purchased this set out of curiosity, and I just do not hear anything much to justify the good reviews. Yes, the sound is truly excellent, and yes the clarity achieved in such a setting is impressive, and yes, ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 - Ashkenazy          (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 27, 2015

Quite overvalued performance of Beethoven's "Eroica". Vladimir Ashkenazy made this cycle with NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo, during his career with the Japanese orchestra. The performances were recorded from the live concerts. Well, we have many recordings of the symphony. But this recording moved ... more
Haydn: The Creation - Davis          (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Luukas May 26, 2015

"The Creation" was Haydn's late career's real success. Here Sir Colin Davis continued his Sacred Music Series with the oratorio. The approach was traditional, it wasn't so thrilling than René Jacobs interpretation (Harmonia Mundi). But the famous contrast - "And there was Light" - in the first part ... more
  Site review by Geohominid May 25, 2015

Egil Hovland (1924-2013) was one of Norway's most prolific composers, and sometimes a controversial one for several reasons. Lawo Classics and organist Anders Eidsten Dahl present here a well-filled disc (76:59) of Hovland's organ music, demonstrating his musical development during a lengthy period ... more

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