David Mac

Helpful votes received on reviews: 87% (26 of 30)


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Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus / Piano Concerto 1 / S&hellip ~ Einojuhani Rautavaara
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff, 6 Feb 2012
I came across this disc by accident having previously not heard much (if any) of Rautavaara's music, and am very impressed by it. The use of bird calls in Cantus Arcticus is not a gimmick - they are properly integrated into the concerto as the soloist - think of it as a clarinet concerto with the clarinet replaced by birds and you won't be far wrong. The result is a piece that stands on its own merits as a concerto, but also conveys the light and space of northern wilderness. The piano concerto #1 is also a powerful piece - although formally atonal, it is very lyrical and engaging. I am now a fan of Rautavaara and want to hear more, and can easily recommend this disc as a starting point. No… Read more
Tippett - A Child of Our Time ~ Michael Tippett
Tippett - A Child of Our Time ~ Michael Tippett
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Profound, 5 Feb 2012
This has to be one of the most significant choral works of the 20th Century. Tippett wrote this oratorio on the eve of the second world war, dramatising the events leading up to and around Kristallnacht, and asking of all of us a great question: "where does our moral responsibility lie towards our fellow man, what is it to be human". This is neither didactic nor polemical, but is one of the most deeply moving pieces of choral repertoire. Tippett himself conducts on this recording, and this alone makes it worth consideration - performance of chorus and soloists seal the deal.
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Original Pi&hellip ~ Modest Mussorgsky
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 5 Feb 2012
This is Ashkenazy's own orchestration of Mussorgsky in which he has gone back to the original piano scores while also keeping the famous orchestration by Ravel firmly in focus. Conductor and orchestra are on top form and the result is astonishingly vigorous, fresh, lively, and full of colour. Recording quality is absolutely impeccable. Impossible to over-recommend this.