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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, 'Pastoral'
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, 'Pastoral'
Price: £9.99

9 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent, 26 Mar 2004
To comment on this performance I can use only one word: magnificent. Further comments would be superflous and inadequate. The cd sound is quite good for its times and for a live recording.


Symphony No. 4 In E Flat Major 'romantic'
Symphony No. 4 In E Flat Major 'romantic'

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb performance, 22 Mar 2004
this is an oustanding performance, to be ranked among the best of this symphony. Maybe it is not as colossal as Konwitschny's Bruckner 7 (perhaps the only one which can be ranked alongside Furtwangler's majectic 1949 with the BPO) or Konwitschny's Bruckner 2 ( an uncomparable achievement unmatched by any other great Brucknerian); however Konwitschny's sense of structure, his sensitive and flexible use of rubatos, his ability of pulling together the music even in it weaker moments, make this recording quite magical. I wish there were more Bruckner's recordings by Konwitschny.


The Most Peaceful Classical Album in the World...Ever!
The Most Peaceful Classical Album in the World...Ever!
Offered by westworld-
Price: £19.98

17 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Disgrace, 6 Jan 2004
Recording companies should stop to issue cd's like this. In the short run they may generate enough revenue to justify them, but in the long run they would only damage the recording industry and musical culture. A sonata, a symphony, a piano concerto, a string quartet, .... should be enjoyned and understood in their entirety and not in small pieces. If we were loking at a great painting, say the Mona Lisa, and we were shown only the smile while the rest of the painting was covered by a dark cloth, would we be able to enjoy it? would we be able to try to understand it and to recall later in our memory this masterpiece?
of course not. Then, why should we be satisfied with one movement of Betthoven's E flat major piano concerto? could we enjoy it without knowing where it started and where it is going? can we appreciate the art of a great interpreter like Gieseking in dealing with Beethoven material? of course not. So why should we enjoy mutilated music? Should we accepted it as a way to support the pecuniary profit of some music labels and "easy going" artists.
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At the 1949 Strasburg Festival
At the 1949 Strasburg Festival
Price: £19.42

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars legendary performances, 4 Jan 2004
the sound of this cd is poor (not unbearable),but the quality of playing is outstanding. These are interpretations of unsurpassed beauty, unmatched by any modern ( and old) recording. It is sufficient to listen to the forward momentum mantained by the players in the 2nd movement (andante, ma moderato) of the difficult Brahms sextet to be aware of listening to something magical, an unique musical experience.


Beethoven: Symphony No.3
Beethoven: Symphony No.3
Offered by MUSIC DIRECT
Price: £9.90

8 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars an overrated performance, 18 Oct 2003
it is a dismal experience to observe how Karayan's Beethoven continues to be assessed too highly. Karayan was undoubtedly a great (Richard)Strauss conductor, but he did not have the equipment to enter the Olympus of the great interpreters of Beethoven. In Strauss a conductor needs a strong sense of colours but he/she does not have to plunge him/herself into great depths.In Beethoven the simplicity of the melodic line requires an interpreter who can put the right expression in a few notes. That is why Beethoven is so difficult. You have to be able to reach the greatest depths of feeling and thought. Depths that Beethoven is masterly able to conquer with the simplest of languages. The interpreter has to understand the structure without looking for effects or colours, has to dig into some of the most profound music ever written through the door of simplicity. This is also why a conductor like Karayan would fail.He/she would just scratch the surfice trying to add a "sophistication" which is not there. It is sufficient to compare Karayan's "Eroica" with those of Furtwangler (any), Erich Kleiber (any, but expecially the one with the VPO), Klemperer (Philarmonia, mono), Horenstein (PMSV), Walter (NY), van Kempen (BPO)to understand the difference between a great interpreter of Beethoven and a "super-polished professional".
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