Nicholas Lamb

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (16 of 16)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 283,093 - Total Helpful Votes: 16 of 16
La Gamme (et autres morceaux de simphonie) ~ Trio Sonnerie
This CD is simply delightful. The music may be froth, but it's none the worse for that when it's so beautifully written and performed. Just buy it!
Kalabis - Symphonies & Concertos ~ Prague CO
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
For a Czech composer to remain true to himself during the dark times of Communist oppression after 1948 and survive into old age was an achievement indeed. This box set is a representative compendium of many of Kalabis' most significant orchestral works, culled from recordings made over a period of around 40 years or so from the early 1960's onwards. The performances are uniformly excellent, often definitive, and the recording quality never less than serviceable. The idiom is modern (post-Martinu), but approachable, the craftsmanship exemplary, and the emotional content often very moving. Perhaps a musical byway, but an unjustly neglected one at that, and well worth the very modest outlay.
Sinfonietta / Taras Bulba /The Ballad of Blanik / &hellip ~ Janácek
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is a collection of pretty much all of Janacek's mature purely orchestral works, the two main items being Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba. Sinfonietta is a summation of Janacek's art in instrumental terms and the product of his remarkable indian summer as a composer. This music is at the same time remarkably modern for a composer born in the 1850's, yet timeless at heart. Both exhilerating and tender, nothing quite like it had been written before or since.
There have been numerous distinguished recordings of both Sinfonietta and Taras Bulba, conducted by the likes of Ancerl, Kubelik, Mackerras, and so on, so this new recording is up against tough competition. To my mind, it's the best… Read more