Guy Whit

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (626 of 682)
Location: London, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 6,606 - Total Helpful Votes: 626 of 682
Beethoven - Overtures, Volume 2 ~ Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven - Overtures, Volume 2 ~ Ludwig van Beethoven
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music-making, 18 Dec 2013
This second volume of Beethoven overtures from Naxos is just as good as the first (see separate review). The weight of orchestral sound is ideally captured by the clean, unfussy recording and the performances manage to balance the required seriousness and sense of joy in the music-making that makes for a highly satisfying listening experience. In particular, the Consecration of the House is wonderfully performed by the Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia under Bela Drahos's direction, with chuckling woodwinds and a real sense of esprit in the string sections. I have no reservations of any kind.
Gian Francesclo Malipiero: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4; &hellip ~ Gian Francesco Malipiero
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mussolini's puppet?, 25 Mar 2013
This is a delightfully refreshing disc of orchestral music by a noticeably neglected 20th century master who speaks directly to the listener, in his own voice and well within the tonal boundaries of, say Ives, Respighi or even Holmboe and Tubin. Malipiero dedicated some of his enormous output to Mussolini before WW2 and this could account for the wide berth he's been given by concert promoters ever since but it is facile to ignore a gifted composer on these grounds. Such a dubious political leaning has certainly not had a deleterious effect on Wagner's reputation! Yet here we have a muscular, original voice that speaks with great clarity, couched in glittering orchestration and with a… Read more
Baltic Voyage: Heroic Symphonies From Estonia - Ar&hellip ~ BBC Philharmonic
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The five stars are for the enterprise and the performances but the works themselves are fine, rough-hewn traditional four movement symphonies, each with a strongly individual voice. Both were unknown to me and I'm very glad I invested in the disc blind. The Kapp is the more romantic, with overtones of early Sibelius: noble string writing and a melting Adagio which will bear repeated listening, I'm sure. I even detect Elgar in there somewhere, though in an open-hearted, heart-on-sleeve sort of way. The Tubin is very stirring stuff and I fully intend to explore further in these, for me, uncharted waters.

Kristjan Jarvi directs a spacious, gracefully modulated performance (Kapp)… Read more

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