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Mendelssohn - Heimkehr aus der Fremde Overture, Pi&hellip ~ Mendelssohn
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyous recording., 5 Aug 2014
This completion of the unfinished Piano Concerto is the best done of this work, the previous two having very unsatisfactory final movements. It was the final movement that was not really started by Mendelssohn, he sketched a linking passage from the second movement and then left what Martin Yates identified as the first subject and the start of an idea for a coda. The orchestration is a really good copy of Mendelssohn, showing that Yates has studied he composer, probably primarily as a conductor. Indeed it is probably being a conductor that allows him to do his very convincing completions. The Chopin Concerto is of course well known but not in this orchestration. Balakirev has done an… Read more
Godard: Romantic Piano Concerto Vol.63 [Howard She&hellip ~ Howard Shelley
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
You can only review this recording as a contrast to the previous dutton world premier recordings and to be honest this set, in my opinion comes out weaker. The partnership of soloist and conductor makes the dutton superior; quick silver response to the orchestra by Sangiorgio and brilliant response by conductor Yates to Sangiorgio in the Dutton release makes for a wonderfully evocative and colourful reading. In the current release there is simply not the dialogue between soloist and orchestra and this comes down to the fact the the soloist was also the conductor. Mozart works in this manner but romantic music simply does not. The Orchestra on this recording is also not as good as the RSNO… Read more
Gounod: Complete Works For Piano & Orchestra [Robe&hellip ~ Roberto Prosseda
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The piano playing (or should I say pianos playing) is really astounding at times and I am very grateful to hear these works in their original format. The performance from Prosseda easily makes up for what is essentially music of no real distinction. Tuneful enough but not top drawer from such a usually enterprising composer. Dutiful rather than inspired. A good "once in a while" listen then.