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Elgar: Enigma Variations, Britten: Young Person's Guide - Paavo Järvi
(8 of 10 found this review helpful)
April 24, 2007
Normally would not add to an album already with 4 reviews, BUT... Appears to be some debate among us reviewers regarding how fantastic or ordinary these recordings are. I want to place my vote behind the previous reviewers who have criticized the Britten performance. Indeed, the Young Person's ...
Bach: The Conductors' Transcriptions - Slatkin
(3 of 4 found this review helpful)
February 17, 2007
As others have posted, this is a fun disc to hear. Many of our favorite Bach classics are given the Hollywood treatment, turned into big orchestral showstoppers. Since each track is arranged by a different conductor-musician, each one has its own flavor, and some are better than others. The ...
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 8 - Vänskä
(8 of 9 found this review helpful)
February 9, 2007
This is probably the singular most spun SACD in my entire collection. Yet, I do not return to it as much for the Third, but much moreso for the Eighth. For that, this album is unequivocally 5 stars. Vanska's Minnesota Orchestra is a bit smaller ensemble ("tighter" comes to mind) than some other ...
Mendelssohn/Bruch: Violin Concertos - Midori
(5 of 5 found this review helpful)
January 27, 2007
SACD REFERENCE ALBUMS: Mendelssohn - Hahn/Oslo on DG Bruch - Grumiaux/New Philharmonia on PentaTone I bought this Midori album because I was not fully satisfied with either of my 2 reference SACD's listed above. I am not disappointed as these are two highly enjoyable performances by Midori and ...
Holst: The Planets, Grainger: The Warriors - Gardiner
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January 27, 2007
Planets Reference Album: Atlanta/Yoel Levi on Telarc I am very favorably impressed by this performance of Holst's Planets and Grainger's Warriors by the Philharmonia led by John Eliot Gardiner. I will comment on some of the highlights, with the general statement that I cannot find anything to ...