D. Gammelgard

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Location: Falun, Sweden


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Bach: Cantatas, Vol 8 /Gardiner ~ John Eliot Gardiner
Bach: Cantatas, Vol 8 /Gardiner ~ John Eliot Gardiner
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened?, 16 Mar 2005
I gave the first volume of Bach cantatas five stars. I did not hesitate to buy this second set. I must say that I am quite dissapointed. Starting with the orchestra, many of the fine qualities of volume one seems to have dissapeared. Such as the wonderful continuo playing, the perfect intonation and great precision. These recordings feels a lot more unsecure. The more established singers like Mark Padmore does a tremendous job as usual but there is a different story with the newcomers. For example the soprano Malin Hurtelius seems quite nervous and her intonation is way out in a duet on the first cd. The alto Robin Tyson is also terribly insecure in both the duet and a solo aria. This is… Read more
Bach: Cantatas, Vol 1 /Gardiner ~ John Eliot Gardiner
Bach: Cantatas, Vol 1 /Gardiner ~ John Eliot Gardiner
39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
After numerous recordings of the Bach cantatas, I have definetely found my favourite. This is the first of 51 cds that will be released on the new Monteverdi Productions label. They are all live recordings performed on the sunday of the year for which they were written. There is a fantastic atmosphere and a unique live "nerve" in these performances. After hearing other versions by Herreweghe, Koopman, Suzuki etc. the choice is easy. The choir is AMAZING! I don't think that I have EVER heard the Monteverdi choir sing this brilliant and passionate. Naturally the concert form creates a more inspired atmosphere than the studio recording. The orchestra playing is also fantastic. Extra credit to… Read more
Beethoven: Complete Works for Solo Piano Vol 1 - S&hellip ~ Ronald Brautigam
2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It is no exaggeration to call this cd extraordinary or even historical. This is a unique and fascinating recording of some of the Beethoven sonatas. Fortunately, BIS will release all the solo piano music by Beethoven. The most striking aspect of this cd is the instrument used: a fortepiano from the beginning of the 19th century. The sound is very different from the modern pianos that we are used to hearing. The sound is more brilliant in the upper part of the keyboard and lighter in the bass parts. The sonatas really appear differently. You need to hear it on your own! When hearing this, I realize the tragedy of the modern attitude towards these instruments. All the "maestros" shaking… Read more

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