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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Price: 17.07

22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literally gutsy, utterly brilliant., 30 Aug 2010
One of the criticisms always levelled at Original Instruments recordings is that they are the work of pedants, who care more for reproducing an 'authentic' sound than producing a great recording - but I dare any naysayer to call Gardiner's Beethoven cycle pedantic! For those used to the luscious strings and slower tempi of Klemperer or Abbado, this set can seem brutal; but therein lies its brilliance. Here is a Beethoven never content to wallow; the gut strings *are* gutsy, and shimmer with an organic beauty, and the woodwind and brass fizz and sparkle. This is raw, blood-red Beethoven, with a freshness you won't hear elsewhere on disc. At under 2 a symphony? Snap it up.
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Organ Spectacular from St Paul's Cathedral
Organ Spectacular from St Paul's Cathedral
Price: 12.25

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant disc of organ music, 20 May 2007
Wow, what a disc! This CD is billed as the last recording of the St Pauls organ before restoration but it sounds anything but. The organ sounds superb and the performer, Huw Williams, delivers all the pieces with aplomb and really brings out both the power and the subtlety of the St Pauls organ. The choice of works is excellently varied and the recording quality superb. Highlights include the festive Dubois Toccata, Guy Bovet's pulsating prelude 'Hamburg' and the haunting 'Master Tallis's Testament' (Howells.) In short, a must-have for all pipe organ fans!

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