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Beethoven: Symphony No.6
Beethoven: Symphony No.6
Price: £6.56

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5.0 out of 5 stars Karajan's best Pastoral, 6 Feb. 2013
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The Pastoral was Karajan's one real disappointment from his 1960s set, with the first movement somewhat airless and stiff. Here, however, he is just that but more relaxed. This is a quick Pastoral rather than a leisurely one but Karajan carries it off with brilliant playing from the orchestra.
The first movement's air is full of shimmying creatures, the book flows swiftly in the second. The third is a real peasant's dance (not as lumbering as Klemperer) the Storm cracking while the last movement's song is ecstatic.
There are, of course, many fine recordings, but this one has a place of honour. It is a life enhancing performance of one of Beethoven's greatest masterpieces.


Bach, J.S.: Toccata BWV 911; Partita No.2; English Suite No.2  (DG The Originals)
Bach, J.S.: Toccata BWV 911; Partita No.2; English Suite No.2 (DG The Originals)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 21 Jan. 2013
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What a combination of technique and musicality. Argerich shows herself the complete master of Bach on the piano.
Buy immediately then join me in lamenting that she didn't record a lot more of the Weimar cantor's music.


Schumann: Kinderszenen
Schumann: Kinderszenen

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5.0 out of 5 stars Made to measure, 21 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: Schumann: Kinderszenen (Audio CD)
Schumann is made to measure for this wonderful pianist. Argerich gives us one of the finest performances on disc of the Kreisleriania. She inhabits Schumann's unpredictable and volatile world with pianistic brilliance and immense understanding. Although she has recorded the Kinderszeden (both live and in the studio) quite a few times, I think this is the only version of her Kreisleriana she has committed to disc. As such it is a treasure for admirers of Schumann's music and also lovers of great pianism.


Schubert: Piano Sonatas (DG Collectors Edition)
Schubert: Piano Sonatas (DG Collectors Edition)
Price: £25.36

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wisdom of years, 18 Jan. 2013
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This box of discs contains the wisdom of many years of study of the sonatas. Kempff was one of the most magical of pianists and again and again this comes through in these works. There are other ways of playing them and there are probably better individual performances to be found in some cases. But as a set this takes some beating


Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Beethoven, 14 Jan. 2013
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Argerich is one of the truly great pianists of modern times. We are privileged to have missed by performance of these concertos with masterly conducting from Abbado. The pianism brings out all the nuances Beethoven's piano writing. It really is brilliant and life affirming. I have this pianists previous disk of Beethoven's second piano Concerto but this performance surpasses it partly because of the conducting. Abbado and Argerich bring the best out of each other. And Beethoven. Buy immediately!


Mozart: Piano Concerto No27; Concerto for 2 Pianos
Mozart: Piano Concerto No27; Concerto for 2 Pianos
Offered by Discover Music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, 14 Jan. 2013
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One of the great Mozart performances. Gilels treats the concerto as a valedictory composition. Tempi are very steady but the whole thing unfolds wonderfully. The piano playing is so beautiful. There are other ways of doing this concerto but this one deserves to be heard.


The Lion Handbook to the Bible
The Lion Handbook to the Bible
by Pat Alexander
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent handbook, 14 Jan. 2013
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This is a beautifully illustrated handbook to the Bible. It is excellent especially for those who have a limited knowledge of the good book and want an introduction. Easy to read and beautifully illustrated this is a clear first choice among Bible handbooks for the general reader. I bought this one second hand and was delighted with the speed at which it arrived. Five stars for service as well!


Schumann: Fantasia Op. 17;  Fantasiestücke Op. 12
Schumann: Fantasia Op. 17; Fantasiestücke Op. 12
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great pianism, 14 Jan. 2013
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Performance is here on one of the greatest pianists of our time. Argerich catches all the fire and pathos in what is some of the greatest piano music ever. This is self recommending for all pianophiles.


Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2
Beethoven: Piano Concertos 1 & 2
Price: £6.96

5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous, 13 Jan. 2013
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One of the greatest pianists of our time in Beethoven. Tremendous playing. Add this to your collection ass there are many wonderful felicities. The sheer joy of the playing and the energy is breathtaking. No 2 is the best since Serkin and Kempff - and matches these two.


Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 4
Offered by Naxos Direct UK
Price: £5.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterly playing, 13 Jan. 2013
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Masterly playing from the Composer, one of the greatest of all pianists. The recording is, of course, primitive, which does limit the enjoyment. But we must be grateful to have a record of this great man's playing.


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