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Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K361 for thirteen wind instruments
Mozart: Serenade in B flat, K361 for thirteen wind instruments

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 1 Jun. 2016
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English wind playing at its best.


String Quartet Nos. 1 & 2
String Quartet Nos. 1 & 2

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5.0 out of 5 stars String Quartet No. 2, 3 Mar. 2014
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Founded in 1946 The Borodin Quartet adopted the composer's name in 1955 and his masterpiece became their signature tune. They've recorded it several times but this account is the best though its provenance is unclear; apparently recorded in Moscow in 1965 it was available for years rather mysteriously on the Chandos label but this bright 2005 transfer restores it to its rightful origins. The Borodin, with the classic personnel they maintained for two decades simply possess the work conveying its every emotional nuance.
Though a song-like lyricism is its essence the Borodins are attentive to the quartet's range of moods; their sense of tempo is perfect so that even at its most melodic the piece maintains a dramatic impetus. While many ensembles tend to make the warm noble opening too ponderous the Borodins imbue it with a natural pulse setting the scene for the rich unfolding narrative and they follow it with equal insight through the ebullient waltz of the Scherzo to the radiance of the third movement Notturno to the witty catch-as-catch-can romp of the Finale!
A key to their success is the way the Borodins grasp the principles of unity and dialogue which inform the piece. Its gorgeous melodies are linked and passed from voice to voice with first violin and cello in particular entwining like lovers.


Martin: Die Weise Von Liebe Und Tod Des Cornets Christoph Rilke
Martin: Die Weise Von Liebe Und Tod Des Cornets Christoph Rilke
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece, 30 Jan. 2014
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Few artists can sustain the wide range of colours and expressive devices that this song cycle calls for but Christianne Stotjin rises to its demands. Die Weise is a masterpiece, one of the most powerful and profound song cycles of the last century and unquestionably one of its best kept secrets. This fine account serves it very well indeed.


Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grandeur and mystery, 17 Jan. 2014
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For once Melodiya's sound is at least as good as the other transfers I have heard, and the performance is one in which line and momentary details are both memorably realised; in which grandeur, mystery and excitement seem inseparably fused and Bruckner's score appears a vast, living organism rather than an equally imposing but static monument.


Symphonies Nos. 5 And 1/Daphnis And Chloe (Furtwangler)
Symphonies Nos. 5 And 1/Daphnis And Chloe (Furtwangler)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sunburst of sound!, 7 Dec. 2013
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The first item on this disc is a shattering Beethoven Symphony No. 5. If you think you know this work too well, listen to this 'live' recording from 1943 and be astounded: any doubts about 'authenticity' will disappear in listening to this piece of sheer re-creation. Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2, though distorted by over-recording, is passionate and idiomatic; and Beethoven's First Symphony, from Furtwangler's last concert, brings this disc to a graceful, energetic close.


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