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Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45 (Digitally Remastered)
Brahms: A German Requiem, Op. 45 (Digitally Remastered)
Price: £5.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A great bread and butter version of a Brahms' masterpiece, 26 April 2014
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A beautiful performance - there are other more starry or glamourous versions but at the price this is extremely satisfying.


Bellini: Norma
Bellini: Norma
Price: £15.60

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary performance, 2 Aug 2013
This review is from: Bellini: Norma (Audio CD)
This is an opportunity to hear Norma as if you'd never heard it before, without the accretions and traditional interpolations, marvellous though they may be when in the right hands and throats.
This is a supremely dramatic, even melodramatic assumption by Cecilia Bartoli in wonderful voice, and with a cast that supports her ably, especially Sumi Jo - a fascinating and unusual juxtaposition of voices. All in all, well worth hearing and thoroughly enjoyable.


Bach: St. John Passion
Bach: St. John Passion
Price: £1.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performance, 24 Mar 2013
If sound quality is all you care about then the two star review is about right. But if you walk away you'll be missing a wonderful, heartfelt version of this sublime piece, performed by some of the greatest singers of the last century.


Henri Duparc: The complete songs
Henri Duparc: The complete songs

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful disc, 18 Feb 2013
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If you are an admirer of Duparc songs then you will enjoy this disc. I hadn't heard of Mireille Delunsch before hearing this, but she has a very beautiful voice, wonderful diction and real style, slightly reminiscent (to me) of a young Frederica von Stade. The two male voices are slightly less to my taste, but both are very good, and the pianist is excellent in these demanding accompaniments.


Bruch; Mendelssohn - Octets
Bruch; Mendelssohn - Octets
Price: £7.83

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another hit for Naxos, 9 Oct 2012
This disc is pure pleasure. The Mendelssohn is of course one of the wonders of the world, and this performance does it justice. The Bruch was new to me, and while it doesn't quite scale the Himalayan heights of the Mendelssohn, it is a lovely work, and here given an extremely persuasive performance.
What a wonderful disc, and at Naxos price - just buy it and love it.


Lieder von Richard Strauss [Vinyl LP] [Schallplatte]
Lieder von Richard Strauss [Vinyl LP] [Schallplatte]

5.0 out of 5 stars Please DECCA - release this as an MP3 at least!, 10 Jun 2012
I owned this on LP about thirty years ago, and gave it away when I got rid of my LP deck and went exclusively over to CDs and downloads. It's one of the few discs I haven't been able to replace - and I miss it! It's one of the best recitals of Strauss Lieder I know - and that includes Jessye Norman, Gundula Janowitz, Schwarzkopf etc etc. There's a natural fresh beauty and accuracy about her singing which suits the chosen songs to perfection, and Georg Fischer accompanies brilliantly. Please release it Decca - let it go!!


Faure: Melodies
Faure: Melodies
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Price: £19.95

5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful recital, 26 July 2011
This review is from: Faure: Melodies (Audio CD)
After a disappointingly scoopy "Après un reve" - which prevented me from listening to the record for a long time, it's that bad - this becomes a really wonderful recital of Faure's most beautiful songs. Both singing and playing are stylish, idiomatic and committed. Hendricks has a perfect voice for this repertoire, and this record deserves to be a cornerstone of any Faure collection.


Tannhauser
Tannhauser
Price: £26.72

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A treasurable performance, 26 Jun 2011
This review is from: Tannhauser (Audio CD)
The sound may be only so-so, hence the four stars - it is acceptable radio relay quality - but this is a thrillingly heartfelt performance and well worth your time and attention. Kollo and Janowitz at their respective best are worth anyone's money. They, the rest of the cast, and of course Sawallisch, one of the greatest of all Wagner conductors, are well worth five stars. Enjoy this moment of history.


Weber - Der Freischütz
Weber - Der Freischütz
Price: £18.58

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting, authentic live performance, 11 May 2011
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This review is from: Weber - Der Freischütz (Audio CD)
I bought this for the voice of Gundula Janowitz, which is a real passion of mine, but have to commend the whole performance. After the rather clinical perfection of the Kleiber version this has all the warts-and-all thrill of the Vienna State Opera at its best. James King is a great Max; this underrated tenor deserves real praise for his recorded performances I feel, and this stands with the best of them.
All in all, a great addition to the recorded versions of this beautiful, tuneful opera. I've taken off one star simply for the recording quality, which is very good for a live Austrian radio relay, but not of studio/audiophile quality - how could it be, after all? Still, enormous pleasure to be had from the conducting, playing and singing. And clearly the audience on the night had a great time too, judging by their reaction.


Requiem
Requiem
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Price: £38.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt, treasurable version of this old faithful, 11 May 2011
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This review is from: Requiem (Audio CD)
I downloaded this as an MP3 so can't comment on the (currently unavailable) CD version. This was for me, as for many others, the first version I ever heard of the Faure Requiem (I heard it as a schoolboy) and it holds a special place in my affections as a result.
So how delighted I was to derive the same pleasure from it nearly 40 years after that first hearing. Dodgy ensemble, occasionally questionable intonation, wonky edits and fades, warts and all - I absolutely love this version, hence the five stars (I would have taken half off if the system allowed but couldn't bear to take a whole star away)!
And no-one could accuse it of being inauthentic, despite the Spanish soprano and German baritone. De Los Angeles and Fischer-Dieskau had two of the most beautiful voices of the day, and both were idolised by the French concert-going public, so no cavilling there. Cluytens slow tempi simply add to the fervent, genuinely sincere quality of this performance. For sheer perfection I would still recommend the Rutter recording, but I'm so glad I rediscovered this one, and will listen to it often, as I am listening to it now, with pure pleasure.
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