Sungu Okan

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Location: Istanbul, Istanbul Turkey


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Stravinsky: Rite of Spring; Bartok: Concerto for O&hellip ~ Berliner Philharmoniker
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sumptous playing, 27 Jan 2009
Karajan and Le Sacre: sounds very diferrent, doesn't it? But, you can believe me, it is definitely "not" dissapointing. If you are an "objective" listener, you will be happy with that Le Sacre version.

First of all, I should say, this Le Sacre is the famous 1964 recording, not from 1977, which is better for sound quality, but more steady, dignified reading, not so risky.

Igor Stravinsky, who recorded the work himself in Sony, criticized that recording as "a pat savage more than real one". Especially, he disliked the tempo of "Ritual of Ancestors", he described it as "tempo di hoochie-koochie"! Well, as we know, Stravinsky hated Romanticisim in music, he was clearly… Read more
Don Quixote, Sinfonia Domestica (Von Karajan, Bpo,&hellip ~ Mstislav Rostropovich
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 18 Jan 2009
Karajan was always a great performer of the music of Richard Strauss. You can trust me, as a student on conducting section, I always think the scores of Strauss are immensely difficult. They are very complex, and you can lost yourself in the polyphony and orchestration of Strauss. I think the most difficult ones are Sinfonia domestica and Eine Alpensinfonie.

In these 2 cds, you can find good examples to how a great Strauss perform must be. First, we have Don Quixote, which there is really great humouristic moments and delightful scenes. It is the most colourful tone poem of Strauss, which calls prominent solos for viola (portrays Sancho Panza) and cello (portrays Don Quixote)… Read more
Mahler: Symphony No.6/R Strauss: Heldenleben ~ Gustav Mahler
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent and terrific, 12 Jun 2006
Two historic recordings from one of the greatest English conductors. Sir John Barbirolli is marvellous in both works. Made in 1960's, sound quality is very good, and performances are in high cult status.

Richard Strauss and his Ein Heldenleben recorded with London Symphony Orchestra. This gorgeous symphonic poem, as you know, is an autobiographical work of composer, so, The Hero (of course) is himself and his enemies are music critics (of course!).

This work was scored for large orchestra: quadruple woodwinds, 8 horns, 5 trumpets (2 E-flat, 3 B-flat), 3 trombones, 2 tubas, timpani, cymbals, snare drum, tenor drum, bass drum, 2 harps, strings. In other words: approx… Read more

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