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Villa-Lobos: Complete Choros & Bachianas Brasileiras
Villa-Lobos: Complete Choros & Bachianas Brasileiras
Price: £36.10

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think of a musical form, 16 Jun. 2010
A real bargain and what an eye-opener. Sadly, Villa-Lobos is rarely heard in our concert halls which is a pity, but having listened to these discs I can begin to see why. Villa-lobos is something of a Jack of all musical styles and some will also say a master of none of them. Yet there is no denying his fertile imagination and invention. A real joyful, toe-tapping set worth every penny of its price.

Mahler: Symphony No. 8
Mahler: Symphony No. 8
Price: £8.30

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Experience, 16 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 8 (Audio CD)
Always a challenge for sound engineers let alone the singers this Mahler 8 is notable for the balance maintained between the choruses and orchestra. Again the RCA engineers have worked their socks off and served both Mahler and Zinman proud. Certainly a piece not to be played too often. It's overall impact is always the stronger the longer the gap there is between hearing it. The performance is very good and is a fitting addition to Zinman's excellent Mahler cycle. Roll on number nine.
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Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Mahler: Symphony No. 7
Price: £11.01

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mahler's Seventh hits a high note, 3 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (Audio CD)
Top performance by Zinman of this, Mahler's least performed symphony, with excellent playing by the Tonhalle Orchestra and mind-blowing sound courtesy of the RCA engineers. Mahler's Seventh is often dismissed by critics as devoid of invention and a rehash of previous ideas: 'bombastic' 'OTT' and 'mad' are common complaints.
But just listen to the magical middle movements, especially the first Nightmusic, and one is amazed at how forward-looking Mahler's orchestration is. This is no rehashing. Zinman and his excellent players really capture the magic and other-worldliness that Mahler, for all his emotional excesses, was a supreme master of conjuring up. For me this recording is one of the discs of the year.

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