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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 20 April 2012
This review is from: Winterreise (Audio CD)
This is my fav recording of this music. Talvela has one of the most espressive voices you can imagine. He can add any value to the music without giving the feeling of strain. Gothoni is a pianist that is treating the piano as an equal to the voice.
They create a lot of drama, quite a bit more than in most other recordings.

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Price: £30.70

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but too dry and too fast, 20 April 2012
Haitink and LSO are delivering one of the best recordings of the Beethoven symphonies in recent years.
It has clarity, drive and some superb playing. But as many modern recordings Haitink is setting a speed that isn't giving the music a chance. The natural pace is lost. The slower movements are running away from me.
The recording is a bit dry, with acoustics being quite moffling the sound and giving the notes a feeling of being very short.

Beethoven: The Symphonies (Limited Edition)
Beethoven: The Symphonies (Limited Edition)

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, but why such a hurry?, 31 Mar 2012
This is altogether amazing interpretations. There is a clarity and a freshness that is well needed. The orchestra playing is suberb.
Sound quality is absolutely top.

But I withhold the fifth star due to the lack of resting in the music. Chailly chooses really fast tempi, and that could have been fine. But he seems never to trust the music enough to rest in it.

Tristan & Isolde
Tristan & Isolde

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best!, 23 Jan 2012
This review is from: Tristan & Isolde (Audio CD)
Mehta conducting Wagner? Didn't see that at first, but here I am totally convinced. He is giving a perfect balance and he gives the details the right attention.

Nilsson is in superb voice, sound as a young and loving Isolde. The ease in her voice is better here than in the legenadary recording with Böhm.
Brilioth is one of the best Tristans I have ever heard. He has a young and clear voice with an intense beauty. Too bad he didn't record more...
Nimsgern is the best Kurwenal I have ever heard. He is SINGING, not shouting.

Mozart - The Piano Concertos /MITSUKO UCHIDA
Mozart - The Piano Concertos /MITSUKO UCHIDA
Price: £31.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!, 8 Dec 2011
I have listened to many recordings of these concertos. With the Uchida/Tate recordings I have found it - the ideal Mozart interpretation.
Nothing here is exaggerated and nothing is pale. Details don't get in the way for the music, but not a single detail is overlooked.
Uchida, Tate and the superb orchestra are not afraid of letting the music play. They can scale it down to a transparent spiderweb, but they can also let the intensity and sparkle take off.

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (DG The Originals)
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra (DG The Originals)
Price: £11.97

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a single weak point, 20 Nov 2011
This is one of the rare recordings when you can sit back and just enjoy. There is not a single weak point. Everything is ideal - singers, orchestra, conductor, sound quality.

Verdi: Requiem/Four Sacred Pieces
Verdi: Requiem/Four Sacred Pieces
Price: £13.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Verdi, 19 Nov 2011
I have several recording of this requiem that I put very high:
- Toscanini (Milanov/Castagna/Björling/Moscona)
- Giulini (Schwartzkopf/Ludwig/Gedda/Ghiaurov)
- Solti (Sutherland/Horne/Pavarotti/Talvela).

The Toscanini has the drive and intensity, but the singers are not at their best. Milanov is superb, but Björling is singing under par and Moscona has real problems.
The Giulini is seen as the ultimate recording by many. It's very true to the score. It has a clarity and every detail fits into the whole. (The beginning is absolutely breathtaking!) The singers are delivering at their very best. But in my opinion they are a bit too "cultivated". Although Ghiaurov is absolutely stunning in his understanding and vocal abilities.
The Solti is vibrant and full of energy. The singers don't always melt together, but to hear Pavarotti in this recording is sheer joy.

The Reiner recording has all the things I love in this music - excellent orchestra/chorus and superb soloists fitting perfectly together. It has an operatic feeling that suits the music, without becoming just drama for the sake of drama.
Reiner is driving the music forward without false sentimentality.
And to have Price and Björling together - I wish there had been much more of that.

Mozart: The Piano Sonatas
Mozart: The Piano Sonatas
Price: £30.50

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classical clarity and deep understanding, 4 Nov 2011
First of all - Mozart isn't Liszt. These sonatas are not the place for emotional extremes and strong feelings on big banners. To hear the profound emotions in this music you have to calibrate your hearing to another scale - a more intimate one.
Uchida has done that. And she manages to give that further to the listerner through her playing.
Here is a clarity and a respect for the style that open up this music. Her goal is not to add something to the music, she is there to give the music full justice in itself.
Her playing neither dry nor over-sweet. Her technical brilliance is of course there, but she uses it to create music.
She has a natural choice of tempi and phrasing.

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Price: £11.28

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Due to the singers, not the conductor, 15 Oct 2011
This review is from: Mozart: Don Giovanni (Audio CD)
Some of these singers were also onstage when this opera got a legendary performance at the Drottningholm Court Theatre some decades ago. Especially Håkan Hagegård as Don G was praised. He is equally superb in this recording and is giving a strong development of the character.
Cachemaille has a beautiful voice that he uses with great intelligence. The ladies Auger, Jones and Bonney are among the bst imaginable in their roles.
But the we have Arnold Östman as conductor. I would say that he is very close to disaster due to his choice of tempi. I can't fins any understanding of the music in his extremely fast tempi. But sometimes he slows down and then he shows that he can deliver excellent music with details and drama.
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Haydn: Die Schöpfung
Haydn: Die Schöpfung
Price: £21.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vitality and excellent singing, 28 Aug 2011
This review is from: Haydn: Die Schöpfung (Audio CD)
This is wonderful music - Haydn at his best.
Gardiner and his team brings out vitality and clarity. Although some "mannierism" can be somewhat tiresome since I can't understand how it adds to the musical flow, for example the strings weird attacks in the introduction.

The soloists are superb, with one exception.
Sylvia Mcnair sings as if the music was written for her. Her vopice is completely pure and she moves around with total ease. Gerald Finlay is great, even he lacks the deeper notes. (Just imagine how Talvela would sound.) But he brings life all through. Donna Brown and Rodney Gilfry are very good.
The not so good one is Michael Schade. His tenor voice is strained and lacks character.

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