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Tchaikovsky: Symphonies 1-6; Ballet music, etc ~ Riccardo Muti
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the best, if not THE best, cycles of Tchaikovsky Symphonies ever recorded. You can have opinions regarding Muti's approach to Schubert or Beethoven in his complete cycles, but Tchaikovsky seems to bring out the real genius of this Italian conductor. The performances are superb, the Philharmonia giving their mighty all for Muti, and the EMI recordings are top notch. This set, in one shape or another, has been in and out of the catalogue ever since first released, and is regularly deleted, so I really urge people to rush out and buy it now before it vanishes again. Avoid the Brilliant Classics issue, although it says on the cover Tchailkovsky's Complete Symphonies they omit the… Read more
Rossini: William Tell (French version) ~ Gioachino Rossini
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but flawed, 19 July 2011
Complete recordings of this work, Rossini's great and final masterpiece, are very rare indeed - especially in the original French,so it may seem a tad ungrateful to not be bowled over by the experience. I have nothing but praise for Pappano and his Italian forces, they all give of their best. The live recording does not disturb me as much as it obviously has other reviewers, however I do take exception to some of the vocal contributions. Gerald Finley gives an indepth and superbly vocalised performance of the title role, in my opinion now the best on record, the smaller roles are well filled, but the leading tenor and soprano leave much to be desired to this listener at least. The much… Read more
Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride ~ Christoph Willibald Gluck
Gluck: Iphigénie en Tauride ~ Christoph Willibald Gluck
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gluck's Masterpiece, 12 July 2011
I have been a devotee of the Gardiner recording on Philips ever since it came out, however, I have to say that this recording from Minkowski
literally sweeps the board and is now undoubtedly the preferred version of this stupendous opera. Minkowski has the great advantage over
Gardiner in that his cast is so much superior, just listen to the soprano's entry after the opening storm, Delunsch soars over the orchestra in
as dramatic an outburst as you're likely to find in a baroque opera. Staggering!!

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