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Neeme Jarvi Conducts Saint Saens [Chandos: CHSA 5104]
Neeme Jarvi Conducts Saint Saens [Chandos: CHSA 5104]
Price: £21.57

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars home in time for dinner!!, 20 Oct. 2012
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Chandos records has a recognisable sound quality which sometimes seems a little dull, and short on detail. However on carefull listening detail IS there, the sound picture is a "middle stalls" with very low distortion. Ideal really, but we are hypnotised by the "Front row" image that is often presented as "Stste of the Art".
My overall rating is reduced to 4/5 stars because Jaarvi chooses tempi that are IMHO too fast to allow the music to relax when it should.


Suk - Asrael Symphony in C minor, Op.27
Suk - Asrael Symphony in C minor, Op.27
Price: £14.86

2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going, 31 Aug. 2011
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I recently heard a Decca recording of Suk's Summer Tale, and Fantastic Scherzo. This is a stunning performance and recording, and the Scherzo particularly is remeniscent of Dvorak,s style. Mackerras' sympathy with Czech music is well known, and it shows in the fine Decca recording. The sleeve note talked about the Asrael symphony, and my appetite was kindled. Unfortunately, the Asrael symphony, an expression of Suk,s grief at the death of his wife and Father in law, is very heavy going. As far as I could tell the performance is fine, as one would expect from Mackerras. However, the recording quality from Supraphon, though very fine, is not so spectacular or as clear as the Decca.
So a slightly cool reception from me. John Drew


Rachmaninov: The Symphonies etc.
Rachmaninov: The Symphonies etc.
Price: £13.17

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Collection, 9 April 2010
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I recently heard a live performance of Racmaninov's "The Bells" conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. This was a work I did not have, and in fact, had never heard it. The opportunity to get the work conducted by the same Conductor could not be missed,
Askenazy tends to take Rachmaninov faster than others, but I think that may be an advantage. Certainly the Symphonic Dances is the most exciting performance of that music I have heard, and the Symphonies are excellently done. The recording quality although not State of the Art, is very good. At bargain price for a three disc set, Good to great performances, decently recorded, how can you go wrong?
John Drew


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