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Russian Violin Concertos - Fischer/Kreizberg          (20 of 20 found this review helpful)
  Review by beardawgs January 14, 2005

This disc arrived in the same batch of new violin concerto recordings with Mutter (Tchaikovsky/Korngold) and Hann (Elgar), and it has already spent more time the player then the two above mentioned ladies combined. While Hann is ok but unremarkable and Mutter outrageously self-absorbed, Julia ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 - Gergiev        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by beardawgs January 14, 2005

Have to admit, I never cared much about the 4th. So far the only recording we had is with Haitink, and this one is superior in every respect. My main problem with this symphony is lack of distinctive thematic development and sketchiness of motifs in the first movement, but Gergiev overview puts ... more
Popov: Symphony No. 1 - Botstein          (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by beardawgs January 14, 2005

I had unique opportunity to be present at the recording sessions for this SACD last April at Watford Town Hall (north London), arguably one of the best recording venues not only in this country. That was my first encounter with this symphony (and any music by Gavril Popov for that matter), but at ... more
Schubert: String Quintet, Quartet No. 7 - Prazak Quartet        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Arthur January 14, 2005

The Prázak moves from strength to strength. They have a cultered European sound, but play with more richness than one might expect. This works beautifually in the Quintet, surely one of the greatest masterpieces. The sound is outstanding as well: immediate but natural. My only reservation is over a ... more
Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos - Lupu/Previn        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Daland January 13, 2005

This is one of the best stereo SACDs in this series. It offers warm, well-focussed sound that opens up in the typical Decca fashion. The sense of space is very impressive as is the dynamic range. One hardly misses the rear speakers. Radu Lupu's performance has long been regarded as one of the best ... more

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