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Mahler - Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection'
Mahler - Symphony No 2, 'Resurrection'
Price: £8.14

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Historic Recording, 15 Oct. 2013
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A quick review.

The key point to note here is that this is a historical recording from an FM Mono broadcast. The sound quality is not audiophile hi-fi. It is not going to compete with more modern recordings on sound quality - which is a given.

Knowing this when I purchased this release, I was pleasantly surprised by how good the sound turned out to be. It is very listenable.

Otto Klemperer is on great form, guiding an excellent Concertgebouw Orchestra through Mahler's Resurrection Symphony in powerful interpretation. The tempi are well judged and as an experienced Mahlerian conductor, his approach is thought out and in keeping with the piece.

The star attraction for many, myself included, is the great Contralto Kathleen Ferrier. Here she delivers a wonderful performance as does her colleague Jo Vincent.

Whether or not this disc is for you hinges on whether or not you are interested in historical recordings and the technical limitations which accompany them. If you are capable of looking past the sonic limitations and focussing on the music and the performance then this is an incredible document - worth each of the five stars.

If you need crystal clear, perfect and modern soud quality however this may not be for you.

5/5


Dvorak: Symphony No. 9
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9
Price: £8.18

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New World Indeed, 14 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (Audio CD)
Ferenc Fricsay rarely disappoints and this recording is no exception.

This has become my benchmark recording of Dvorak's Ninth Symphony. The pacing of the piece is supremely judged both movement by movement and as an integrated whole. Even the famous largo, a movement to which I have become jaded (remember the old Hovis adverts...?) sounds fresh.

Of even greater interest to me when purchasing was the recording of Smetana's Die Moldau. For me, this performance surpasses even the Dvorak. The balance of the instruments is perfect and the piece just flows organically. The performance gives a feeling of natural inevitability - that the piece could not progress any other way - without ever feeling remotely forced. The Dvorak symphony may be the longer piece but Die Moldau is for me the heart of this release.

Liszt's Les Preludes is another wonderful performance. As this disc was my introduction to the piece I have little context to comment with. All I can say is that it appears to be of the same high standards set by the preceding pieces.

On all pieces the orchestras involved sound on equally immaculate form. The analogue recording produces a rich full sound which banished away any thought of the age of these recordings.

Easily five stars.


Verdi: Requiem
Verdi: Requiem
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Price: £5.41

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Recording, 12 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Verdi: Requiem (Audio CD)
Ferenc Fricsay and the RIAS-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin deliver a truly powerful interpretation of Verdi's Requiem.

After researching the piece listening to samples on YouTube, iTunes and Amazon, it was a simple decision choosing this recording as my introduction to the piece. It is a decision I will never regret.

The soloists involved all perform beautifully, especially soprano Maria Stader and bass Kim Borg. Marianna Radev and Helmut Krebs are not to be overlooked and acquit themselves with very much aplomb.

The sound quality is fantastic and the fact that it is a mono recording is very quickly forgotten. The balance between voice and orchestra is excellent. The soloists are for me, placed perfectly and choir is finely balanced in relation to both soloist and orchestra.

I have heard a number of more contemporary recordings but for me, this recording is still my first choice. Whilst it may not have the benefits of later recording techniques being mono, the quality of the performance and commitment of all involved shines through brightly. I would not hesitate to recommend this recording whether as an introduction to the piece or for someone looking for a further recording.

5/5


Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Wiener Symphoniker/ Fabio Luisi: WSLP 002) [VINYL]
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (Wiener Symphoniker/ Fabio Luisi: WSLP 002) [VINYL]
Price: £47.15

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding performance on an equally outstanding vinyl edition., 31 Dec. 2012
Rather than the piece itself, I will focus on this edition. This is one of the first releases on the Orchestras own label.

The packaging is high quality and premium sleeves protect the albums themselves.

The packaging notes that the recording has been mastered for analogue and my hi-fi system bears this out. The sound quality is fantastic and well balanced. Far richer, warmer and more involving than CD, short of being in the audience you won't find better sound quality.

The vinyl is of very high quality, very little warping evident and the sleeves are premium quality mening no dust on the albums themselves.

Being double vinyl we have one movement per side which means no disruption in awkward places within movements.

Being vinyl, this edition has a premium price tag. At first I was a little hesitant but my faith was rewarded. The high standards of Orchestra in performance has been translated into all aspects of heir product.

If you are a fan of Mahler and want the highest possible sound quality available, you will not be disappointed with the interpretation of Fabio Luisi and the Vienna Philharmonikers sublime performance.

Easily five stars.


Yamaha CDS300BL Compact Disc Player with MP3 and WMA Compatabilty, USB and iPod Compatible
Yamaha CDS300BL Compact Disc Player with MP3 and WMA Compatabilty, USB and iPod Compatible
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Price: £159.00

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yamaha CDS300BL, 8 Nov. 2011
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This Cd Player by Yamaha is represents excellent value for money.

The build quality is excellent, both the player and the remote are robust and very well put together.

Playback is of excellent quality, even modern overly compressed albums such as Candlemass' King of the Grey Islands and Death Magic Doom sound reasonably improved on this CD deck. Noise from the player is non-existant and the mechanism which opens/closes the drawer is minimal - the latter not essential in the grand scheme of things but a pleasant surprise.

A quick note on the packaging - very neat and robust, the polystyrene inserts which support the product are split into fou parts for easy removal and minimal mess. The box is also very strong, which overall in my mind is reassuring that the product within is 1) built with care and 2)secure and free from damage during delivery.

I would have no qualms about recommending this to anyone. It balances performance and price exceptionally well. Five stars.


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