Thomas Neal

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Beethoven Orchester Bonn ~ Shostakovich: Complete &hellip
Beethoven Orchester Bonn ~ Shostakovich: Complete Symphonies Vol. 3/ Symphony
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply stunning, 12 Jun 2008
For such a famous and well-recorded symphony, to identify the best recording is by no means an easy task - there are so many very fine accounts by the Cologne Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic etc...and yet we have this stunning account from a rather unlikely source - the Beethoven Orchestra of Bonn, directed by Roman Kofman. I do not claim that every recording in their complete Shostakovich is of equal standing, but there is some extraordinary playing here.

The Penguin Guide in particular seems to love this recording, describing it as "sweeping the board". Apart from the complete and utter precision and accuracy, what really drew me to this recording was the sense of intense… Read more
Saint-SaŽns: Violin Concerto No. 3; Introduction a&hellip ~ Camille Saint-SaŽns
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great discovery, 6 Jun 2008
As the previous reviewer mentioned, this disc is almost worth buying purely for experiencing the craft of the recording engineer, Otto Nopp, who has created a masterpiece of recording. Perfect balance is achieved between the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and the soloist, Dong-Suk Kang, whose tone is constantly clear and bright without becoming tiresome. His tuning is impeccable, and he applies exactly the right vibrato for each passage. The precision and attention to detail of both the soloist and conductor, Antoni Wit, simply cannot be questioned.

Generally speaking, the works themselves are very similar in style and delivery, yet each has its own mark. The concerto… Read more
Handel: Messiah ~ Georg Friederich Handel
Handel: Messiah ~ Georg Friederich Handel
42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
In the same way that Naxos' New College Oxford recording of "Messiah" is an example of the English Cathedral tradition, this recording is a great sample of the choral society tradition. Although the recording includes some huge names from the world of classical music, I was not over-enthralled by the recording as a whole. The age of the recording (1966) is made obvious in the quality of sound, and the entire ensemble is too big to hear the words properly, and of course this is reflected in the acoustic. The presentation is acceptable, but the sleeve notes are inadequate and the text is not provided. However, what this recording does have is drama and vigour in abundance.

The… Read more

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