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Symphonies 4 and 1 for Piano Four Hands
Symphonies 4 and 1 for Piano Four Hands
Price: £16.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing sound and performances, 1 July 2014
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I had never heard of this duo but thought I might take a chance on the disc having been very pleased with a number of the excellent Brahms discs for four hand piano on Naxos with Matthies and Köln. I hate to speak ill of the dead - see Wikipedia article on this duo - but I have not enjoyed their performances of either symphony. There was a perfunctory feel to the fourth (though it received at least one rave review back in the day) and the first seems to lack any of the drama we might normally associate with this monument of the symphonic repertoire. Further, the symphonies were recorded in 1982 (fourth - analogue) and 1984 (digital) and the apparent lack of remastering has done little for the sound, muffled and tubby, markedly so in the fourth (at least as far as my equipment shows, which is modest but by no means rudimentary). The Naxos series requires you to buy two discs to get these works, well I guess I will have to stump up.


Gershwin: Piano Works
Gershwin: Piano Works
Price: £10.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory and enchanting, 8 Feb 2014
This review is from: Gershwin: Piano Works (Audio CD)
Braley is a classical pianist who plays Gershwin in a style I've never heard before, almost as if it were Ravel or Debussy. The music benefits and Gershwin comes up shiny and new. Even familiar tunes like 'The man I love' and 'I got rhythm' are made more than interesting. Sonically too, the recording is a delight. Strongly recommended.


Lux Aeterna - Sacred Choral Works
Lux Aeterna - Sacred Choral Works

1.0 out of 5 stars Very old recordings, 29 Sep 2013
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Do not be overly seduced by the low prices available. These are 1930s mono recordings with wobbly and opaque sound. Only, I would suggest, of interest for those who want 'historic' recordings of these pieces.


Heartstrings Beatles Love Song
Heartstrings Beatles Love Song
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Price: £8.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good orchestral arrangements, 23 Mar 2013
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You probably know all the tunes. Is it worth buying this CD? Yes, the arrangements and sound are good, it's a delight and it's available inexpensively.


Swing Swing Swing
Swing Swing Swing
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin, 23 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Swing Swing Swing (Audio CD)
Classic swing tunes performed excellently by a large orchestra made up of professional classical musicians in very lively sound. Turn it up and connect with your neighbours.


Rpo Plays the Police
Rpo Plays the Police
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as described, 23 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Rpo Plays the Police (Audio CD)
This is not a set of orchestral arrangements, but a set of sung covers, some quite good, interspersed with some orchestral arrangements.


Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks - Water Music
Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks - Water Music
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 23 Mar 2013
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I was brought up on fuzzy LPs in the sixties and became so familiar with some music that I did not think for many years that it might be worth looking again. Indeed these pieces are a revelation in modern sound. We can hear how good the musicians all are. This is serious sexy music, played excellently. Firmly recommended.


The Sven-Göran Eriksson Classical Collection
The Sven-Göran Eriksson Classical Collection
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value, 23 Mar 2013
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The first disc is mainly British music and the third Scandinavian. The second is more mixed. What it adds up to is a sort of glorious Naxos sampler, well worth buying at the prices advertised.


The Composers - Haydn
The Composers - Haydn
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not in acceptable sound, 23 Mar 2013
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This review is from: The Composers - Haydn (Audio CD)
These are very old recordings in poor sound. Recording dates are not given, but Fritz Busch, one of the conductors featured here, died in 1951.


Ippolitov-Ivanov: Symphony No. 1, Mtzyri, Armenian Rhapsody, Caucasian War March
Ippolitov-Ivanov: Symphony No. 1, Mtzyri, Armenian Rhapsody, Caucasian War March

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A composer worth exploring, 14 Jan 2013
If you like melody and rich orchestration à la Rimsky this will not disappoint, and each piece is well played and recorded. I bought this 'on spec' and am delighted with it. I can't help feeling that the nutricious 'milk' offered by many so-called 'minor' composers is often too hastily dismissed by those preoccupied with identifying the 'cream'. According to this thinking, one is allowed to enjoy Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky (in the original versions only), Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovitch, and maybe even Glinka, Rachmaninov and Taneyev, but shouldn't be seen dead with Rimsky, Glazunov or Ippolitov. But I can think of many undoubted masterpieces that I do not want to hear too often, either because of the demands they make on the listener, or because I am already very familiar with them, so this is fresh milk I am delighted to drink.

Ippolitov looks an interesting composer. Together with a Naxos CD of the Caucasian Sketches, this CD now makes up 50% of my Ippolitov collection.
Where to go with that from here though?


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