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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4, Triple Concerto - RPO/Shelley        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  December 6, 2005

Roll's swift straight forward unmannered performance is for me one of the best around. Roll and Shelley are in the modern style taking a leaf from the period instrument movement.I do not find the cycle lacks gravitas but is full of the Sturm and Drang that I would expect from Beethoven. I have ... more
Holst: The Planets, St. Paul's Suite - RPO/Handley        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  December 6, 2005

I would endorse raffells' recommendation for this disc but I have one major reservation. The recording whilst revealing the acoustic of St. Augustine's Kilburn beautifully (I always like to hear birds helping out the musicians) has a thin and fizzy top. This is not the steely edge afflicting many ... more
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 - Roll/RPO/Shelley        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  November 19, 2005

I couldn't disagree more. I have liked this performance since it was first issued. I find it, like the rest of Roll's cycle, to be unmannered and straight forward. Other starrier performers have come and gone in the collection but Roll remains. I don't hear the cold clinical sound refered to above ... more
Handel: Messiah - Harnoncourt        (5 of 9 found this review helpful)
  October 25, 2005

A massive disappointment. Quite how Harnoncourt manages to produce such a limp, dull performance is beyond me. I liked the his early performance on Teldec also with the Concentus musicus Wien. That was live as well. Here,for example, he takes the Hallelujah Chorus so slowly that it drains it of any ... more
Rachmaninov: Complete Symphonies & Orchestral Works - Edo de Waart          (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  September 25, 2005

My set sourced from mdt has notes in English, French and German. Performances are good to very good. I do feel that the Symphonic Dances lack tension though. These should be dances of death and de Waart is just too genial. Symphony 2 is a performance to rival the best and the smaller works are very ... more

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