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Symphonies 96 & 97 ~ Haydn
5.0 out of 5 stars SALIERI, 21 Jun 2014
The only two London Symphonies not in my Haydn collecton were these two,so I was delighted to see they were on offer, and I had not to duplicate any of the others. What a bargain this is! Nicholas Harnoncourt hits both works positively right from the start and produces two exhilarating and tremendously exciting performances. The playing of the Concertgebouw is, as you would expect, precise, and the sound quality is fine, allowing us to hear the details clearly. The Concertegouw Hall has probably the best accoustics in Europe, so that on its own is a reason for this purchase!

No 96 (full orchestra minus clarinets, as is 97) used to be called "the Miracle" since at its premiere, a… Read more
Adagio & Fugue in C Minor / String Quartet No 15 ~ Mozart
5.0 out of 5 stars Salieri, 16 Jun 2014
The last Quartet of Schubert is an incredible piece of music: we are a long way from the early works, We know that he was aware that his life was to be cut short, due to syphilis, and the shadow of demise is certainly present in this work; there are almost unbearable moments, when you feel he had so much more to give, but knew he was unable to do so. However, the spirit of defiance was there and Schubert's lyricism still shines, but only at selected moments. The first movement, typically, alternates between Major and Minor keys, and is disturbing, but it finishes in G Major. I find, as I did at the end of this great work, a defiance of Fate, and, if not calm, at least resignation and an… Read more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 "Titan" (including &hellip ~ Gustav Mahler
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4.0 out of 5 stars Salieri, 14 Feb 2014
May I first express total agreement with John Williams in that, as "Blumine" has been included, why could it not have been in its rightful place as Movement No. 2? OK, you can programme your equipment, but why should you have to? I suppose that, because (thankfully here), the rest of the Symphony is as per the revised scoring, whereas the 1893 version which included "Blumine" in its correct place, left - well, something to be desired, Naxos tagged it on for interest, and declined to do the whole Sympony as per 1893.

There are a large number of recordings of this work, but few with "Blumine"; now, I have long been of the opinion that the inclusion of this movement is necessary for… Read more

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