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Brahms: The Four Symphonies
Brahms: The Four Symphonies
Price: £19.03

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars warmly recommended!, 28 Sept. 2013
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Don't expect flashy performances but a deeply felt experience.Follow the path opened by the Philharmonia and von Dohnanyi.
You won't fly among the same clouds as Giulini (with both the Philharmonia and the Wiener Phil) but surely at the same level as Haïtink with the Boston Symphony or Barbirolli with the Wiener Phil. Have a (very) nice trip with a master looking back on his past as Brahms did in his latter works!


Jean Fournet in Prague - music by Franck, Falla & Debussy
Jean Fournet in Prague - music by Franck, Falla & Debussy
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Price: £19.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing!, 14 July 2013
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I never expected to come across those performances by Jean Fournet and the Czech PO again (except in my dreams)! A glorious and magic sound preserving the individuality of the instruments and the coherence of the whole orchestra. In one word: the very essence of Debussy's music! You might expect a light weight experience in Franck but ...wrong you are! The orchestra sounds impressive when needed , fresh, subtle and detailed at other times which means that Falla's music is performed beyond expectations. The magic emanating from those recordings is due to the perfect combination of performers and the wonderful Prague acoustics. Warmly recommended!


Symphonies Nos. 1-7
Symphonies Nos. 1-7
Price: £23.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars in one word: GREAT!, 14 July 2013
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This review is from: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (Audio CD)
I was the 'proud' owner of the original LP version. So, I purchased this cd set to spare those astonishing vinyls. As to the performances: they are simply fabulous. This was not the best orchestra in the world but they played with such passion ... you can't resist and simply forget the lack of accuracy. There are more 'formidable' performances of symphony #5 for instance but the whole set is light years ahead of the other possibilities offered by the market. Rozhdestvensky has without any doubt few rivals in Prokofiev. Those remarks are also valid for his set of Sibelius's symphonies performed with the same orchestra!


Works Of Igor Stravinsky
Works Of Igor Stravinsky
Price: £22.17

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fabulous!, 6 May 2009
Don't believe those who claim(ed) that Stravinsky was a poor conductor!
Here is ample proof that he was (most often) a very good one, not to say a great one! Many thanks to Sony for publishing such a treat (at such a price)!


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