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Mahler: Symphony No.5 (Virtuoso series) ~ Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Mahler: Symphony No.5 (Virtuoso series) ~ Chicago Symphony Orchestra
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Abbado Mahler 5?, 29 Mar 2014
Having heard Abbado's Berlin version ( as well as this Chicago offering, I think this one takes the palm.

Although they play spectacularly well, there's a slight sense of detachment in Berlin which I didn't find here. The Chicagoans really go for it, and the first 2 movements are thrillingly intense. Abbado always had the measure of this symphony and understood the importance of getting the crucial third (Landler) movement right, which he does in both versions.

The recording is fine (play it loud!) On the whole I'd say that the Berlin performance is a good one, but this Chicago version is a great one, well able to stand up to the… Read more
Hit Me by Lawrence Block
Hit Me by Lawrence Block
3.0 out of 5 stars Stuck on Keller, 2 Nov 2013
Much as I love Block and Keller, this isn't one of his best outings. This is a series of linked novellas (some very short) which is not in itself an awful thing - the first Keller book was essentially a collection of the same. But the problem here is that there's too much philately and not enough murder. Pages of stamp-lore are leavened only occasionally by bloodletting. Frankly he's now too nice and middle-aged: there's no edge to him.You get the feeling that the only thing that might send him on a killing-spree would be if somebody steals his stamp-books. Also the telephone conversations with is partner in crime, Dot, degenerate into silly word-play or joking. Personally I'd like to see… Read more
Verdi: The Great Operas ~ Various
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listing of contents, 31 May 2013
As there's no listing here of the operas in this set, here's some info:


recorded in 1955

Tito Gobbi (Rigoletto), Maria Callas (Gilda), Giuseppe di Stefano (Il Duca), Nicola Zaccaria (Sparafucile), Adriana Lazzarini (Maddalena), Plinio Clabassi (Monterone), William Dickie (Marullo), Renato Ercolani (Borsa), Giuse Gerbino (Giovanna), Carlo Forti (Il Conte di Ceprano), Elvira Galassi (La Contessa di Ceprano)

Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Tulio Serafin

Il Trovatore

recorded in 1952

Jussi Bjorling (Manrico), Zinka Milanov (Leonora), Leonard Warren (Il Conte di Luna), Fedora Barbieri… Read more