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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish & High Quality, 8 Oct 2013
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Violin Concertos
Violin Concertos
Price: £6.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Live Virtuosity, 29 May 2004
This review is from: Violin Concertos (Audio CD)
I found this a highly enjoyable and memorable performance of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. The virtuosity of Midori is without question - the honeyed lush rich tone suits this work perfectly, yet it is almost made to sound too easy. I was totally drawn into the performance despite the lack of deep emotional involvement you get in some versions. The freshness of the approach made me listen to the concerto a new. Abbado provides exemplary accompanyment as one would expect and this can be certainly ranked with the very best recordings.
I am not so sure about the merits of the Shostakovich. Both Midori and Abbado sound as if they are on unfamiliar ground and the result is a rather directionless rendition that cannot match the performance of Vengerov and Rostropovich. Nevertheless this is still a very worthwhile disc.
The live digital recording is beautifully balanced.

Complete Symphonies, The (Abbado)
Complete Symphonies, The (Abbado)

34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Symphonies at Bargain Price, 26 May 2004
This 4CD set is a real bargain containing consistantly very fine performances. When these recordings were first issued at full price they were eclipsed by equally fine if not better performances by Jansons and the Oslo PO. It was a shame that these Abbado recordings were generally overlooked - now at budget price they make a superb bargain and deserve their rightful place in the classical catalogue. Abbado is a top ranking Tchaikovskian giving us a set of beautifully crafted and dramatic performances in glorious digital sound. The early Symphonies are quite exquisite making me wonder why they are hardly ever performed in the concert hall! Admittedly Symphony No.4 doesn't quite match Abbados' own performance with the VPO on DG (definitely a classic recording), but No.5 ranks with the very best and is one of my favorite versions. The final movement has a breathtaking dramatic sweep. No.6, again, is beautifully done with utmost passion.
Only one quibble - No.4 is split over discs 2 & 3, which is a shame, but I suppose that couldn't be helped. The inserted notes are rather inadequate, but at this price just go for it! Many hours of pleasure here!

Stravinsky: Ballets
Stravinsky: Ballets
Price: £8.12

15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Abbado & Stravinsky, 8 May 2004
This review is from: Stravinsky: Ballets (Audio CD)
This 2CD package is a superb bargain including amazing performances. Abbado is an absolute master of modern music and his presentation of Stravinsky is no exception. You are unlikely to find better performances of any of the works included here, but The Rite of Spring deserves special mention. Abbado doesn't treat this just as a showpiece, but reminds us of its ballet/theatrical origins. I don't know if Abbado ever conducted the piece actually in the theatre, but it certainly has that special feel and attention to detail as if he really is accompanying a ballet troupe. Full marks. It may not be a digital recording, but to my mind it is certainly the finest.

Beethoven: Symphonies
Beethoven: Symphonies
Price: £39.82

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Beethoven Cycle, 8 May 2004
This review is from: Beethoven: Symphonies (Audio CD)
This Beethoven Cycle is a revelation. I have never heard such a consistantly involving and rewarding set. It sounds as if Abbado has reduced the size of the Berlin PO considerably to almost chamber orchestra proportions - none of Karajans thick soupiness here!! The result is a set of extremely powerful and urgent readings with a beautiful lightness and delicacy. The "Pastoral" now has to be the finest before the public even eclipsing the famous VPO/Bohm version. As for No.7, the finale takes your breath away - how did the orchestra do it? The crowning glory, No.9, as it should be with superb choral forces and fully integrated soloists. Abbado and DG should be very proud of this production.

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Overture Beatrice & Benedict
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Overture Beatrice & Benedict

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest Fantastique, 8 May 2004
Irrespective of price this probably the finest Symphonie Fantastique on disc. The LSO on top form giving a beautifully crafted performance, full of lyricism and drama as required. Too often conductors turn this piece into a showpiece for orchestra neglecting the episodic nature of the work. Sir Colin Davis gets it just right on this recording. A very rewarding disc and an absolute must for every collection.

Brahms - Symphony No 2; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink)
Brahms - Symphony No 2; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink)
Price: £7.25

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Bargain Price Brahms, 7 May 2004
This is a very special recording. The LSO at the height of their considerable powers under Haitink, a man renowned for his Brahms interpretations. The Symphony No.2 receives an immensely powerful performance full of dark brooding and radiant beauty that compares favourably with the most famous of recordings. In my mind it would leap to the top of recommended recordings irrespective of price.
However, the real surprise on this disc is the magnificent interpretation of the Double Concerto. I have never heard such a beautifully integrated performance as this. The soloists, being LSO principals appear out of the sound picture as if one is hearing an intimate chamber work balancing with a glorious symphonic force. The performance is totally transfixing - an absolute gem.
This deserves to be the top selling Brahms disc (if not Classical disc) of the year. Don't hesitate, buy it!!

Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 3 & 7 (LSO, Davis)
Sibelius - Symphonies Nos 3 & 7 (LSO, Davis)
Price: £8.41

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative Sibelius, 1 May 2004
If you love Sibelius, you cannot go wrong with this disc - I cannot stop playing it. The LSO under Colin Davis play with such white hot conviction that I hardly leave the edge of my seat. I have many interpretations of these works in my collection - Rattle, Blomstedt, Burglund and earlier Davis recordings, but none match either of these performances. Live music making of the very best, thankfully caught on disc for everyone to enjoy. The occasional small grunt and groan from Sir Colin on the podium only seems to add to the sense of occasion.
Excuse me, I must go and play it again

Russian Orchestral Music
Russian Orchestral Music

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Late Celibidache at his Charismatic Best, 1 May 2004
Celibidache was nothing but a controversial character - his performances always dividing opinion. I was priviliged to see him "live" in London with the LSO - performances I shall never forget. These recordings are a reminder of the sheer charisma & excitement that seemed to flow from this extraordinary man!
Most of the works represented here are well known and none are likely to form a prime recommendation for the work concerned, but each one simply ravishes the ears with such abundance of attention to detail and superlative music making. The Stuttgart orchestra is not exactly a top drawer band at times but their commitment to the task is never in doubt. Everytime I play these disks I feel I am discovering these pieces anew!
The highlight for me is the Prokofiev Symphony No.5, an absolutely superb performance full of tenderness, drama and tension with the most breathtaking finale I have heard. The box set is worth getting for this performance alone.
Highly recommended and an absolute must as an invaluable supplement to a good classical collection.

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