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Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 5 - Haitink          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  September 20, 2006

If I were to keep only one recording of the fifth symphony I would choose this. Does that mean that this is the best performance I have ever heard...I guess so. Or rather, I know so! In the first movement the drama is less on the surface with fate knocking and all that rubbish. With Haitink it is ... more
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring - Esa-Pekka Salonen        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  September 1, 2006

Let me start by confessing two things: I´m not a member of either the Salonen or Mussorgsky fan clubs. The former has always struck me as a bit cold and uninvolved, his Nielsen was a disaster. I liked his Hindemith though. Makes sense. The Mussorgsky in its original shape is for me a non starter ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Leonore - Haitink          (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  July 25, 2006

I really haven´t got so much to add. Every word from my previous reviews about this series can be copied and pasted in here. Well, except for the titles then. This is the Beethoven series of my dreams and if you enjoyed the other two releases you will enjoy this one too. The Eroica is played with ... more
Turnage: Scherzoid, Evening Songs - Nott, Jurowski, Alsop        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  July 18, 2006

Scherzoid A scherzo. Much of it in 6/8 time, or something like it. Rhytmically complicated, difficult to play. But to the ears no more complicated than Bernstein on Broadway. There is a great difference though, Bernstein had the tunes, Turnage has none. But there are some great sounds and a ... more
Ginastera, Montsalvatge: Harp Concerti - Schrama/Korsten          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  July 4, 2006

Comparisons Ginastera: Zabaleta/Martinon - DG, Allen/Batiz - ASV Comparisons Montsalvatge: None Writing a concerto for harp and orchestra is no mean feat. The solo instrument hasn´t got the power of a grand piano or the legato line of a stringed instrument. So as a composer you have to create a ... more

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