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Bruch: Violin concerto ~ Vadim Gluzman
Bruch: Violin concerto ~ Vadim Gluzman
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this, 13 Jun 2011
Buy this. There are many fine versions of the Bruch, this is easily among the finest. Gluzman clearly out performs Janicke, also on SACD and is at least as good as Grumiaux, Midori and Accardo. His tone is sweet and pure and his playing effortless.I can't imagine this being bettered.

The Romance is equally rapt and the Quintet is a real find, raising memories of the two Mendelssohn Quintets.

Sound is splendid, detailed and clean. I thought it just a trifle bassy in the Concerto, less so in the Quintet. In neither work did that detract from the silver stream of sound emanating from Gluzman and the splendid Bergeners.

No hesitation, five stars.
Mozart: La Clemenza Di Tito (In Paris 2005) [Blu-r&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Susan Graham
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Once again, a period opera is let down by some silly staging, abysmal "acting" and extraneous and imposed ideas.

It goes without saying that a cast which includes Susan Graham and Christoph Pregardien sing very well. Similarly the Orch. Opera National de Paris under Sylvian Gambreling play their hearts out.

Sound is good, but a little too focussed on the centre speaker and therefore lacking in width and depth. On the whole though, that's not a huge problem. Nor is the blu ray picture, which is light but well contrasted and very clear indeed. It is in fact, spectacularly good.

The set is at least adequate, serving as a one-size fits all setting. And its lit… Read more
Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 ~ Ewa Marczyk
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a pretty good disc though it could have been better.

The music

The first symphony was written in 1906-7 and shows quite a few echoes of Wagner and Strauss, with the second, of 1911 also showing hints of Mahler, Zemlinsky and Reger as well. Despite these early influences, some of which Szymanowski later rejected, the first Symphony is a compact and impactful utterance, a first symphony to be proud of.

Although derivative the second symphony has an unusual structure, a first movement followed by a Theme and (6) Variations, concluded by a Fuga with, as the booklet notes put it "its chromatic subject ....(and) contrapuntal character....interrupted by a… Read more

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