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Mozart: The Symphonies /Pinnock ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart: The Symphonies /Pinnock ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mozart revivified, 19 Sep 2013
These recordings bring joy back to Mozart's symphonies, but with no lack of profundity. Pinnock is sometimes slightly iconoclastic in his phrasing (although the extreme subtlety of his rhythmic inflections is something to be wondered at as well), but it is never less than interesting, even to those of us somewhat jaded by repetition of (in particular) the last three symphonies. The collection is slightly less "comprehensive" than Hogwood's set (only one version of the "40th", for example), but I find it much more enjoyable.

The edition from Canada, if you can find it, is very cheap but still has the comprehensive booklet notes; it is, however, in a flimsy box.
Byron Janis:  The Complete RCA Collection ~ Byron Janis
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed blessing, 18 April 2013
As noted by other reviewers, Janis has a wonderful discography for RCA which has been under-represented on CD.

But this release is strange! Sony have included all Janis' original albums, including one unreleased at the time, and his early 78s. In fact there are certain items that are repeated across disks. But there are also other non-album items that are missing (admittedly not part of his original discography, as far as I am aware), and which appeared on the first of the "Great Pianists" volumes dedicated to Janis. Most strangely, one track originally released on the "plays Chopin" album: the Nocturne op 27/2, is simply not there (and the notes acknowledge this). Why not? Was… Read more
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen ~ Richard Wagner
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This is, indeed, a great performance of the Ring, though to my mind not in the same class as Krauss or Furtwangler. In many ways it would be an ideal entry point for someone looking for a single recording of the cycle, but it is important to note that it is not perfect. Part of the delight of the Solti recording is the magnificent scale of the sound (this is a live recording, albeit from Bayreuth), which will draw new listeners in; more annoyingly this set does not have a libretto, which is crucial for people discovering the Ring. If you are new to the Ring, the Solti set is probably a better bet, or go for the wonderful Barenboim DVDs, where you can follow the action visually, and the text… Read more

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