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Britten: Cello Suites Nos 1 & 2
Britten: Cello Suites Nos 1 & 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, Gripping, 13 Feb 2013
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There are some fine digital recordings of Britten's cello suites today, but when you compare them with Rostropovich's authoritative account, it becomes soon obvious that it stands out in that Rostropovich engages himself with the same expressive intensity and depth he displays when he played Shostakovich's music. He seems to be able to dig deeper into Britten's inner world and angst than any other performers.

It's a shame that Suite No.3 is missing on this disc (he must have recorded the 3rd suite as well, as far as I know), but you get the wonderfully sensitive performance of Sonata for cello and piano instead, which is also a benchmark performance of the work.


Britten: Cello Suites Nos. 1-3
Britten: Cello Suites Nos. 1-3
Price: 4.92

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances, 12 Feb 2013
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There is an outstanding recording of Britten's cello suites by Rostropovich from DECCA, but only suite no.1 & 2 coupled with sonata for cello and piano. This complete recording by Tim Hugh is no less impressive. His playing may lack the austere discpline and agressiveness of Rostropovich in some of the movements, but has a sort of organic spontaneity as well as expressive depth. Particularly the performance of the 3rd suit is truly gripping. Technically solid throughout. Beautifully recorded. A good disc to complement Rostropovich's incomplete version.


Richter: Early Schubert Recordings
Richter: Early Schubert Recordings
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5.0 out of 5 stars The 1st Schubert Sonatas recorded by Melodiya, 11 Feb 2013
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Recorded in Moscow in March 1957 (sonata no.16), in August 1956 (sonata no.17) & in 1950 (impromptu no.2 in Eb). The booklet note says these are the first Schubert sonatas to be commercially recorded in USSR just when Melodiya had improved its recording techniques to such an extent that the more subtle nuences of Richter's playing were at last captured.

I think these are understatements. The recording quality is far better than other Richter recordings of the same era (no dreaded crackling noise and very little distortion). As for the performances, it is almost pointless to describe Richter's playing with words, so I quote from the note; "Thus, what we have here is the very essence of Richter in his prime: solemnity tempered by intensity and drive, an forced yet breath-taking virtuosity placed entirely at the service of the music, an architectural solidity which never inhibits the music's inherent lyricism."

Impromptu No.2 is also surprisingly beautifully recorded if you consider the year and I prefer this recording to later recordings of the piece for its lovely spontaneity as well as its verve.


Ravensburger Historical World Map Puzzleball Jigsaw on V-Stand (540 Pieces)
Ravensburger Historical World Map Puzzleball Jigsaw on V-Stand (540 Pieces)

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Fun!!, 5 Jan 2013
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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I bought this as a Christmas present for my wife, but ended up thoroughly engrossed in completing it. Although each piece is numbered, it is still tricky to fit all 540 pieces, especially the top part of the sphere. They are made from plastic so the completed globe is very solid and durable, just right for children to play with over and over again. Also good as a decorative object in your living room.


Children Of The Sun
Children Of The Sun
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Price: 12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting & Mesmerizing Music!, 16 Dec 2012
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This review is from: Children Of The Sun (Audio CD)
There seems to be very few musicians nowadays capable of writing even what remotely resembles a melody, let alone an original song. Here is an amazing example of the creative power of olden days. This album (originally recorded in 1968) is full of youthful creative energy and nature-inspired melodies. Some of them, mesmerizing and enchanting, some others verging on the surreal. Sally Oldfield's versatile pure toned vocal beautifully resonating with her then 15 year old brother's gentle voice and stunning flute and guitar accompaniment. Disc 2 contains some astonishingly original instrumental music by Mike Oldfield.


Schumann - Complete Works for Piano Trio
Schumann - Complete Works for Piano Trio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chamber music making at its best, 15 Dec 2012
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The three trios, Op.88 Fantasie and Six pieces in Canon Op.56 are rarely played gems of Schumann's chamber works and contain some impressive slow movements of wistful lyrical beauty and poetry. Altenberg Trio captures the swinging mood of the light and the dark, very unique in Schumann's music, masterfully with deep feeling and noble poise. There are moments in which time seems to stand still. Chamber music making at its best. Beautifully recorded.


Saint-Saens: Complete Piano Trios
Saint-Saens: Complete Piano Trios
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5.0 out of 5 stars delightful chamber music making, 14 Dec 2012
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What I like about this ensemble is that every instrumentalist knows how to express music to the maximum effect without ever compromising the unity of the whole. The piano part of Trio No.2, for example, is as taxing and dazzling as a piano concerto, but the pianist is neither obtrusive nor too self-effacing. There's always a sense of dialogue between the pianist and the string players, which makes the performance vibrant and utterly breath-taking. Violin and cello produce warm and firmly centred tone that resonates with each other and the piano. Beautifully recorded.


"The Piano Concerto" & "MGV (Musique  Grande Vitesse)"
"The Piano Concerto" & "MGV (Musique Grande Vitesse)"
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Price: 9.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Best Recording of Piano Concerto, 13 Dec 2012
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I've listened to other recordings of the piano concerto, but still find Kathryn Stott version is the better. Her playing is brilliant and yet very sensitive when the music slows down.


Piano Trios from America
Piano Trios from America
Offered by Disco100
Price: 17.21

5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling performances of the astonishing works, 10 Dec 2012
Although sold for ridiculously low price, there is nothing cheap about the performances of this ensemble. I was very impressed by their beautiful live account of Schubert's Piano Trio and Notturno and the expressive depth and the coherency of their playing, I ordered this CD immediately and wasn't disappointed. They give deeply expressive and utterly enthralling performance of the three amazing creations by American composers.

About Charles Ives' Trio for piano, violin and cello; "...now Considered one of the most extraordinary manifestations of twentieth-century chamber music, a thoroughly astonishing and stunning creation. " says the booklet note. I can not agree more. More astonishing is the year when it was composed, 1904!

Copland and Bernstein's Piano Trios, composed in 1929 and 1937, are no less original and daring in their conception. They reflect the youthful energy and enthusiasm of the era heralding a new direction in the history of modern music.


Bernstein; Copland; Ives - Piano Trios
Bernstein; Copland; Ives - Piano Trios
Offered by RareRecordsLimited
Price: 5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling Performances of Enthralling Music, 10 Dec 2012
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Although sold for ridiculously low price, there is nothing cheap about the performances of this ensemble. I was very impressed by their beautiful live account of Schubert's Piano Trio and Notturno and the expressive depth and the coherency of their playing, I ordered this CD immediately and wasn't disappointed. They give deeply expressive and utterly enthralling performance of the three amazing creations by American composers.

About Charles Ives' Trio for piano, violin and cello; "...now Considered one of the most extraordinary manifestations of twentieth-century chamber music, a thoroughly astonishing and stunning creation. " says the booklet note. I can not agree more. More astonishing is the year when it was composed, 1904!

Copland and Bernstein's Piano Trios, composed in 1929 and 1937, are no less original and daring in their conception. They reflect the youthful energy and enthusiasm of the era heralding a new direction in the history of modern music.


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