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Love's Sweet Surrender (Asmif/Marriner)
Love's Sweet Surrender (Asmif/Marriner)
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Price: £3.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Marriner spoils it - for me, 31 July 2013
McNair to me seems underrated - I prefer her beautiful, not-so-heavy-voice to those of all the acclaimed "Diva's" (Fleming, for example),
and she is especially spell-binding when she sings softly.
(Arleen Auger shares her fate - such a beautiful voice and pure and simple way of singing - this moves me much more than "power" and vibrato).

From McNair, there comes the most beautiful "Pur ti miro" (from Monteverdi's "Poppea" with Della Jones under Hickox),
and for me she is the best singer in Gardiner's Idomeneo.
Here she sings - beautifully as ever - Mozart, and I find it suits her well.
But Marriner's accompanying Academy of St. Martin in the Fields seem to have missed the last 20 years in musical research -
the sound so "sugary", so oversweet that it is (for me) almost unbearable ("sweet" surrender indeed...).
To hear what I mean, just listen to that Kitsch"-Violin in track 7 (Leila Josefowic... - but Marriner made her do it!) - horrible!

A pity!


THE COMPLETE BEETHOVEN PIANO SONATAS
THE COMPLETE BEETHOVEN PIANO SONATAS
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £44.73

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply GREAT - but where are Arrau's late Beethoven recordings?, 21 Nov. 2012
Searching for Arraus 1980s recordings of the Beethoven Sonatas, I had hopes for this box... As no seller could tell me if they were the 60s or 80s recordings, I bought the box, opened it - and they are the 1960s recordings.
No reason to be disappointed - except that I already own them...
So I hope this review will help other Arrau admirers not to accidentally double this item in their Sonata collection.

Decca released almost the same music (plus some piano variations on 12 CDs) within one year:

Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas

Sound: Great (for the sixties!), Musical value: GREAT!!!
Serious, noble, "heavy" Beethoven in the best sense - nobody plays Beethoven this way today... (see other user's reviews,
for example here:

http://www.amazon.de/Konzerte-Klaviersonaten-Arrau-Claudio/dp/B00000C2F7/ref=sr_1_6?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1353533640&sr=1-6).
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