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Bonzo

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (87 of 94)
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 22,673 - Total Helpful Votes: 87 of 94
Aprés Un Rêve: Mendelssohn, Fauré, Liszt, Strauss &hellip ~ Sandrine Piau
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 16 April 2014
Superlatives are pointless here. Sandrine Piau and Susan Manoff have created a recital of French, German and English love songs which is perfect both in programming and execution. I am as awed by the empathy between soprano and pianist as much as I am by Piau's connection with the emotion in the songs. Incredible.
Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets Vol. 3 ~ Dmitri Shostakovich
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable!, 6 July 2012
The profundities of this music must surely only be conveyed by four aged Russian males, deeply steeped in vodka and Soviet angst. Think again. Sadly I have not heard the Sorrels live, but I have heard great things about their music making, and on the evidence of this disc I can confirm this. What overwhelmed me most was the feeling of them living the music - each note has a weight and sense of purpose. Their performance of the eighth quartet might just be my favourite - all other recordings seem to be impatient by comparison. The Sorrels take a much more reverential approach which for me reflects the true horror of war. An unmissable disc.
String Quartets Nos. 2 And 3 (Aros Quartet) ~ Aros Quartet
5.0 out of 5 stars LUDOLF Nielsen?, 5 July 2012
I must admit I'd never heard of Ludolf Nielsen before picking up this disc. I've always enjoyed discovering neglected music, so this pairing of two 20th century string quartets appealed to my nature. Since they date from 1904 and 1920 respectively, one might expect some influence from Schoenberg and maybe a hint of atonality. However, anyone who is familiar with the music of Carl Nielsen (no relation) and Rued Langgaard will know that Denmark during that period somehow managed to produce very distinctive musicians who could create lasting works of genius without losing the 'tunes'. Ludolf Nielsen similarly seems to have enjoyed writing string quartets that stick very closely to conventional… Read more

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