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  June 19, 2006

This is pure gold, sprinkled with a diamond. Sibelius´ native language was Swedish and almost all his songs are set in that language. My first encounter with the marvellous Luonnotar was with Gwyneth Jones and Antal Dorati on an EMI LP. It made a great impression on me and Jones was audibly ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 - Vänskä        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  June 17, 2006

Those of you who have enjoyed the first SACD in this cycle will not be disappointed. Osmo Vänskä and his Minnesota team are on top form with playing that is alert and sensitive. The great Eroica starts off with two very short chords, very precise. The tempo for the movement proper is quite ... more
Walton: Symphony No. 1 - Davis          (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  June 9, 2006

There are times when I want to write a review saying: Oh how I love this music, and this recording made me love it even more. Fine. My first Walton one was the Sargent. It came with the approval of the composer for some strange reason. I loved it dearly and it was not until I heard Previn/LSO a ... more
Sibelius: Works for Violin and Orchestra - Kuusisto          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  June 6, 2006

Great music. If you are only familiar with a few of the symphonies and Finlandia you are in for a surprise. This is small scale Sibelius, no, this is intimate Sibelius. These pieces have all been recorded before and my first question is why Ondine and Kuusisto chose to leave out the Serious ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 6 - Haitink          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  June 1, 2006

I have always been an admirer of Haitink, but to be honest I never ever thought he would deliver this Beethoven. I don´t know what to say...this is so fresh and marvellous, and thought out. Symphony no 2. First movement full of vitality and dynamic gradings. Timpani, hard sticks as throughout. ... more

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