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Mozart Edition
Mozart Edition
Price: £12.94

2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing, 17 Jun 2014
This review is from: Mozart Edition (Audio CD)
I picked this set up in a record shop at a 60% discount. However, even so it was not worth the discounted price. The playing sounds insecure and the conducting very poor. To my ears the performances are on the whole below par and therefore the 2 stars. In particular, the requiem performance is very poor. The gran partita and the sinfonia concertante sound very poor to me. The blame lie both with the conductor and the band I think. The symphonies are performed satisfactorily, though, despite lack of fluency. I wasn't impressed by the chamber music playing either. It's not enough to be hip (historically informed performances). On the plus side: the sound quality is very good.


Saint-Saens: Piano Quintet/ Piano Quartet/ Barcarolle (Fine Arts Quartet, Cristina Ortiz) (Naxos: 8572904)
Saint-Saens: Piano Quintet/ Piano Quartet/ Barcarolle (Fine Arts Quartet, Cristina Ortiz) (Naxos: 8572904)
Price: £6.00

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 2 Feb 2014
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As happens much too often, the sound quality on Naxos is a let-down. The recorded sound lacks accoustics here. Apart from that, I don't understand the rave reviews this CD has received. These are just adequate performances. The performances lack involvement and passion. Moreover, the harmony between the strings and the piano seems somehow uneven which may explain why a previous reviewer said the piano was out of tune.


R. Strauss - Four Last Songs, Oboe Concerto, Metamorphosen
R. Strauss - Four Last Songs, Oboe Concerto, Metamorphosen
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Price: £18.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!, 2 Feb 2014
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Great works performed to near perfection. Only one other version of Metamorphosen is better and this Karajan's own later recording of the work. The Oboe Concerto is a gorgeous. The Karajan/Janowitz recording of the Four Last Songs is awesome. The sound quality could be better but is fine as it is.


Verdi: Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
Offered by SeeDeez
Price: £38.97

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissatisfying recording, 1 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Verdi: Rigoletto (Audio CD)
The conducting and casting is no good. When compared to other recordings, such as Solti's with Merrill as Rigoletto, this is simply no good. Popp and Aragall sing well but their involvement is quite poor which can probably be blamed on Gardelli's dull conducting work. Weikl's singing is simply bad compared to Merrill and Sherrill..

Go for Solti (Merrill, Moffo et al) or Bonynge (Sherrill Milnes, Pavarotti et al) instead.


Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
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Price: £9.66

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb recording, 1 Feb 2014
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The singing here is top-notch. That should not come as a surprise to anyone who has taken a look at the cast! The singers must have enjoyed recording this because they sound so involved. The conducting work seems very well judged to my ears and the sound quality is very good. This must be considered a classic recording of this work. Other reviewers seem to agree on that.


French Piano Quartets (Quatuor Kandinsky)
French Piano Quartets (Quatuor Kandinsky)
Offered by MUSIC DIRECT
Price: £8.67

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unexpected pleasure, 1 Feb 2014
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These quartets are all good quality compositions. I particularly enjoyed the Chausson. It certainly deserves more frequent recordings. The performances by these young performers are lively and passionate and balance between strings and piano is just right. Sound quality is fine. I wasn't sure whether to rate this 4 stars or 5 stars but have ended up with 4 stars rating but 5 stars are justifiable.


Tristan Und Isolde
Tristan Und Isolde
Price: £12.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one !, 1 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Tristan Und Isolde (Audio CD)
If you are wondering which recording of Tristan und Isolde you should buy, this is the one - unless you are prepared to put up with the vintage recordings (with Melchior et al) in far inferior sound. This has to be considered one of Karajan's greatest recordings.Whether or not you like Jon Vickers's voice, it simply doesn't matter, his performance here is simply fantastic. Dernesch sings beautifully and I find no fault with the rest of the cast.


Fauré: Piano Quintets 1, 2 & Piano Quartets 1, 2
Fauré: Piano Quintets 1, 2 & Piano Quartets 1, 2
Price: £8.26

3.0 out of 5 stars piano under a banket, 1 Feb 2014
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This recording suffers from piano sound deficiency. The strings are quite clear but the piano part is so muffled that is ruins the show. At first I thought the performance itself was lacking but instead I blame the sound engineers. I suggest you buy the Domus on Hyperion instead.


Mozart: Concert Arias
Mozart: Concert Arias
Price: £22.36

5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Beauty, 1 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Mozart: Concert Arias (Audio CD)
The pure beauty of these compositions and the quality of the performances here is such that anyone who does not have this set is missing out on something wonderful in his life. The balance between orchestra and singers is just right and the overall sound quality is very good. Just buy this now.


Janácek: Piano Works (DG The Originals)
Janácek: Piano Works (DG The Originals)
Price: £12.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality Compositions at a Low Price, 25 Nov 2013
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The best known piano works on this set are very soulful and even emotionally profound. Moreover, they are in no way formulaic yet they sound familiar and appealing at first listen.

Here these brilliant pieces are played to perfection in a classic recording. I strongly recommend this set.


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