Andrew

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (28 of 28)
Location: Scotland
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 3,794,219 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 28
Kate & Anna McGarrigle ~ Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Kate & Anna McGarrigle ~ Kate & Anna McGarrigle
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Though I like the music, I returned this CD (i.e the "Rhino" issue illustrated on this page) on account of the bad remastering. Everything above a certain volume level (not very high) sounded compressed and distorted. This is not just a fine point for those obsessed with sound quality - it really did sound quite bad. (I had in the past heard it on LP, so I knew there was nothing wrong with the original recording...)

I have since acquired an earlier CD issue (Warner, 1994 - the back cover is half black and half white) which sounds just fine. It also has the song texts in the insert, unlike the Rhino issue. So if you like this music, I would suggest seeking out this earlier… Read more
Mozart: Piano Quartets, Nos. 1 & 2 (K478 & K493) H&hellip ~ Clifford Curzon
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wonderfully elegant and engaging performances of the piano quartets, with finely-judged phrasing. Curzon's expressiveness is on the understated side (yet with nothing missing, if you listen carefully), whereas the strings are somewhat more demonstrative without however exceeding the bounds of taste. Slow movements are particularly beautiful; only some slightly obtrusive vibrato from the violin prevents these from being the last word in stylishness. The horn quintet is also very enjoyable, with the string playing perhaps more refined, and Brain's famously urbane and reliable execution.
On my reproducing equipment, the recording sounds really rather good for its age (the quartets date… Read more
Mozart: Requiem ~ Alfreda Hodgson
Mozart: Requiem ~ Alfreda Hodgson
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is the most thrillingly intense performance of the Mozart Requiem I have heard. Britten conducts like a man possessed, drawing an electrifying response from the Aldeburgh chorus. The singing from a vintage Aldeburgh Festival quartet of soloists is likewise totally committed - John Shirley-Quirk's conviction and steadiness in the "Tuba mirum", for example, is particularly impressive.
Right from the opening bars, Britten's phrasing brings everything to life. Far more than any other performance I have heard, the "Dies irae" is quite hair-raising and conjures up stormy Renaissance frescoes of the Last Judgement, in the manner of the same section in the Verdi requiem. Speeds are… Read more