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Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Legends
Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Legends
Price: £14.67

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dvorak violin concerto, 12 May 2014
I listened to the first movement of the violin concerto and didn't like the style and tempo of the featured violinist. Listening to the rest of the concerto also didn't convince me this is one of the recordings to own, even though the recording quality is tops (as for most BIS cd's). You don't have to take my word for it, have a listen and decide for yourself. For superior and more enjoyable performances of this concerto, I suggest you concider the highly acclaimed recordings featuring Julia Fischer: Bruch & Dvorak Violin Concertos and Isabelle Faust : Dvorak Violin Concerto, which I have purchased and cherished for months. I haven't listened to the Legends on this cd, so my rating (3.5 stars actually) is for the concerto only.


Dvorįk: Piano Concerto Op. 33 & The Golden Spinning Wheel
Dvorįk: Piano Concerto Op. 33 & The Golden Spinning Wheel
Price: £7.05

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvorak Piano Concerto, 16 Jan. 2014
Aimard is in control with a very convincing performance, and the recording quality is very good, with no audible audience interference. My only reproach is that the beginning of the concerto is a little on the fast side (compare it to this Dvorák: Piano Concerto/Hayroudinoff to hear what I am talking about). Eventualy, Harnoncourt slows down, and the hyper orchestra continues at the "right" speed. This CD can safely be ranked alongside the best, such as this Dvorák: Piano Concerto/Jando, this Dvorak: Piano Concerto/Primakov and the one above. Don't hesitate.


Dvorak - Serenade & Czech Suite in D
Dvorak - Serenade & Czech Suite in D
Price: £8.35

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvorak Serenade for trings, 25 Oct. 2013
Classics Today - Artistic quality: 10/10, Sound quality: 10/10
What can you say about perfection, except, "Here it is; have a listen." The conductorless Prague Chamber Orchestra plays the Serenade with an ideal combination of warmth and simplicity. Everything has shape (even the chugging accompaniment at the very opening pulses with life), rhythmic vitality (what a gorgeous second movement waltz), transparency, and an abundance of charm. The same holds true for the Czech Suite, only here you also can savor both stunning wind playing in the fourth movement Romanza and a truly exciting concluding Furiant that still keeps to its chamber orchestra proportions. Sonically, the recording puts you in an ideal seat to wallow in these Dvorákian delights. You simply can't listen to this disc and come away believing that there's any music in the world more beautifully written, or more perfectly played, than this.


Dvorak/Tchaikovsky - Voilin Concertos
Dvorak/Tchaikovsky - Voilin Concertos
Price: £12.35

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvorak & Tchaikovsky violin concertos, 14 Oct. 2013
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--- Classics Today: Artistic quality: 10/10, Sound quality: 10/10 ---
Pavel Šporcl boldly plunges into the dauntingly crowded sea of recorded Tchaikovsky Violin Concertos and rather than sleep with the fishes, ends up swimming with the swiftest and most impressive of them. Like so many new violin superstars he's got the technical chops in the form of stunningly sure intonation and mercurial speed combined with dead-on articulation and gobs of rich tone. But Šporcl is more than just the latest fast-playing wunderkind: there's discernible intelligence in his playing, and most importantly, he's got heart-a quality most evident in his moving renderings of Tchaikovsky's big tunes and dramatic flourishes, reflecting his own unashamedly romantic sensibility. Yet Šporcl matches this emotion with a refined musicanship that makes his reading satisfying to both the heart and the head. His cadenza sounds deeply considered and expressive without being showy or self-indulgent. However, Šporcl's showmanship does come into play in the finale, where he status, Šporcl nevertheless plays it like the great work it is, lavishing gorgeous full tone married to exquisite phrasing tosses off the rapid runs with a free-spirited virtuosity.
Although Dvorák's Violin Concerto has yet to achieve warhorse and a lightness of touch that enlivens the composer's singing melodies. His special attention to the music's rhythmic pulse gives his reading an engaging vitality, both in the combined first and second movements and especially in the brightly dancing finale, where Šporcl's crisp syncopations and electric enthusiasm set off fireworks. Vladimir Ashkenazy and Jiri Belohlávek both form responsive and supportive partners, while the Czech Philharmonic plays majestically in both works. Supraphon's live recordings reproduce the venue with clarity, realistic presence, and dynamic impact. Even collectors who already own a version or two of these works must hear this extraordinary new disc.


Bela Bartok: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Isabelle Faust
Bela Bartok: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Isabelle Faust
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Price: £12.89

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bartok violin concertos 1 & 2, 14 Oct. 2013
I didn't want to upset the 5-star ratings, but this kind of music I'll never be able to understand. Maybe the performances by Faust are the best here, but hey. Will someone kindly explain to me how to appreciate this music? How can I appreciate this and similar "modern" concertos when I have classical, romantic and late-romantic concertos to south my mind and pamper my inner feelings? I listen to classical music to relax, not to sit on the edge of my seat! Thanks for reading.
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Dvorak: Piano Concerto (Piano Concerto In G Minor Op.33/ Poetic Tone Pictures Op.85 No.1)
Dvorak: Piano Concerto (Piano Concerto In G Minor Op.33/ Poetic Tone Pictures Op.85 No.1)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvorak Piano Concerto, 10 Oct. 2013
--- Classics Today, artistic quality: 10/10, sound quality: 10/10 ---
This is one terrific performance of Dvorák's sadly neglected and underrated Piano Concerto, and it's so different from anything else available that it really does offer a fresh view of the work. For the record, Primakov sticks mostly to Dvorák's original text, to his credit. Much has been made of the work's obvious debt to Beethoven and Mozart, and of the awkwardness of the somewhat clunky (but purposeful) piano writing. Accordingly, the best performances tend to give the piece a certain classical crispness combined with a touch of emotional reserve in the more lyrical passages. In other words, it gets played sort of like Brahms for lack of any obvious alternative.
Primakov, on the other hand, evidently views the music more like Tchaikovsky or Rachmaninov, with plenty of Slavic soul, and guess what? It works fabulously. In the second subjects of the first movement and finale (that wonderful, "stranger in paradise" theme) Primakov brings the tempos nearly to a standstill, but his playing is so beautiful, and so
captivatingly inflected, that the music never falls apart. Indeed, allowing the music's occasionally episodic nature its due makes the piece sound even more spontaneous, and therefore coherent, than by imposing on it a "classical" strictness that Dvorák likely never intended, and that often comes across as mere rigidity. And it goes without saying, given the approach, that the quick music has plenty of excitement and no mean degree of virtuoso thrills.
The other thing that makes this performance special is the outstanding contribution of Justin Brown and the Odense orchestra. Certainly this must be the finest accompaniment this concerto has yet received, full of color, transparency, fire, and (in the slow movement especially) sensitivity. Perfect balances and ideally natural engineering bathe the performance in a warmly sonorous glow. As a bonus, Primakov offers similarly sympathetic and characterful readings of a 30-minute chunk of the Poetic Tone-Pictures, once again making us wonder that this lovely music remains the province of Dvorák specialists. "At the Old Castle" and "At a Hero's Grave" show Dvorák flirting with impressionism a couple of decades early, and with great success. A magnificent release, surprising in the best possible way.


Dvorak Violin Concerto
Dvorak Violin Concerto
Price: £15.91

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best recordings of the Dvorak Violin Concerto, 10 Oct. 2013
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The concerto has seen a spate of recordings in recent years, but with vivid recording in the Rudolfinum in Prague, this intense version is one of the most distinctive.

---Classics Today, artistic quality: 9/10, sound quality: 9/10---
Isabelle Faust is an excellent artist, and she turns in a winning performance of Dvorák's sunny Violin Concerto, a work that has steadily returned to public favor (and rightly so) in the past couple of decades. My only criticism of this performance concerns a slight stiffness of rhythm at the opening of the finale that you will not find in such celebrated interpretations as Suk/Ancerl on Supraphon-however, Faust quickly gets into the swing of things as the movement proceeds, thanks in large part to Jiri Bélohlávek's totally idiomatic conducting and the sharply focused rhythmic response of his orchestra. In the first two movements, Faust offers as fine an interpretation as any, playing with purity of timbre and inflecting Dvorák's gorgeous tunes with sweetness and, where required, with passion (especially in the opening movement). She's also naturally balanced against the orchestra, allowing some very winning give and take between the soloist and the band in the central Adagio ma non troppo. Coupling the Violin Concerto with Dvorák's finest trio is an excellent idea. Once again, the performance does not quite rise to the level of, say, the Suk Trio, particularly in the first movement where Faust and company sacrifice a bit of the music's intensity for the sake of urgency; but if it's a fault, it's certainly one in the right direction. The two-against-three rhythms of the scherzo bounce along quite effectively, and the Poco adagio, the heart of the work, also is very beautifully played, with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras offering generous tone but never sounding sappy. The finale also revels in high spirits, though like the first movement it just misses the depth of elegiac feeling that other players bring to the closing pages, just before the ebullient ending. Small quibbles aside, these performances are highly recommendable-and benefit from terrific sound. If this coupling appeals to you, don't hesitate for a moment.

---All Music, James Leonard, 3.5/5--- (a bit unfair in my opinion)
For some reason, Dvorák's warm, round, lovely, and lyrical Violin Concerto has never made it as one of the big-time nineteenth century violin concertos. Who can tell why? Perhaps because the big-time twentieth century violin virtuosos didn't take it up like they did the concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, and Bruch? Perhaps because the 1961 recording of the work by Czech violinist Josef Suk remains the definitive recording and none of the violinists who took it up could never quite compare with Suk's.
But, inevitably every decade or so, a young violin virtuoso will take up Dvorák's concerto and this decade's violinist is Isabelle Faust. A very talented player, Faust honorably acquits herself, but her performance cannot quite compare with Suk's. Her phrasing is warm, her tone is round, her lines are lovely, and her interpretation is lyrical. But for all that, Faust is still playing the work from the outside. Supported by the great Czech conductor Jirí Belohlávek leading the Prague Philharmonic, Faust's performance misses greatness by the small but insuperable distance between her to the music. Faust's performance of Dvorák's passionately melancholy Piano Trio in F minor with violinist Jean-Guihen Queyras and pianist Alexander Melnikov is superbly played and passionately interpreted, but unfortunately misses the work's melancholy heart. Harmonia Mundi's digital sound is warm and round, but a bit too close.


Beethoven & Mendelssohn Violin Concertos
Beethoven & Mendelssohn Violin Concertos
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Price: £4.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven & Mendelssohn Violin Concertos, 7 Oct. 2013
Good performances by Bachmann and the RLPO under Libor Pesek. You can listen to excerpts of this CD here Beethoven & Mendelssohn Violin Concertos.


Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos, Choral Fantasia
Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos, Choral Fantasia
Price: £39.73

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beethoven piano concertos, 1 Oct. 2013
EMI has released several versions of the Klemperer/Barenboim/NPO Beethoven piano concertos, so why pay a fortune for the one here when you can get it much cheaper and with exactly the same quality (2006 digital remastering) here Piano Concertos 1-5 / Choral Fantasia and here Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos? Same applies to other EMI releases, so search before you buy ;)


Langgaard - The Symphonies
Langgaard - The Symphonies
Price: £52.14

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Langgaard - The Symphonies, 13 April 2013
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Just wanted to point out that the price of this set is changing constantly. A few weeks ago, it was close to 40 Sterlings! I am waiting for the price to go down to 40 again to grab it and enjoy these wonderful symphonies.


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