Harry Callahan

Helpful votes received on reviews: 57% (88 of 154)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 48,055 - Total Helpful Votes: 88 of 154
The Royal Edition, No 22 of 100: Brahms:PIANO CONC&hellip ~ Brahms^Watts^Bernstein^Nyp
A lovely performance. Andre Watts is perhaps more in command of the fiendishly difficult piano part than anyone else I've heard in this piece, even Pollini. Some might prefer more of an element of struggle from the soloist, but I'm not one of them - for me the music contains all the drama I need and Watts' extraordinary command is a joy to encounter, giving the piece more time and space to relax and breathe (when the music so demands) than one sometimes hears. Bernstein is on his best and most musical behaviour and gets a fine, spirited accompaniment from the New Yorkers. The Haydn Variations are given a similarly excellent performance. Strongly recommended.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 K.466 / Scarlatti, D.&hellip ~ Clara Haskil
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth having..., 8 May 2014
...particularly for the Scarlatti sonatas, which Clara Haskil performs with a special kind of luminous beauty which I haven't heard replicated in other performances of these marvellous pieces and which makes me wish she'd recorded many more of them. Some of that is apparent in the Mozart too, but the orchestral support is adequate at best and sometimes fails to redress the balance for Haskil's occasional unsteadiness, which the Lamoureux Orch.and Igor Markevitch do to great effect accompanying her in this piece and no.24 on a highly recommendable recording elsewhere. That, Brendel's recording with the ASMF or Richard Goode's with the Orpheus will remain my versions of choice for this,… Read more
Gernsheim - The Two Piano Quintets ~ Art Vio String Quartet
Gernsheim - The Two Piano Quintets ~ Art Vio String Quartet
...is a term which can be applied too liberally, and I'm rarely tempted to use it myself, but Gernsheim's Piano Quartet no.2 in B minor seems a strong candidate to me. The first two movement in particular have true Brahmsian heft and quality, coupled with some interesting quasi-Straussian harmonic sidelights, and their two successors - shorter and less imposing, but real ear-ticklers - complete a very satisfying whole. The Piano Quartet no.1 is scarcely less impressive and enjoyable, and these young Lithuanian and Russian players give both pieces everything they've got, which is plenty. Go ahead and treat yourself.