Ivor E. Zetler

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (47 of 53)
Location: Sydney Australia
In My Own Words:
I am a medical general practitioner with interests in classical music, art, decorative art, oriental rugs, writing, travel, cycling, competitive Scrabble and collecting (amongst other pursuits!). Over the years I have been the founding president of the Sydney Classical Music Society (patron Christopher Hogwood) and have also been a committee member of the Wagner, Oriental Rug and Scrabble societi… Read more


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Strauss: Lieder ~ Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Strauss: Lieder ~ Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This release is a reissue of a famous series of recordings made by EMI between 1967 and 1970. Long unavailable, it reappears at a reasonable price. Given that the artists involved are Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (still in his prime) and Gerald Moore, the lieder enthusiast can be assured that the performances are of the highest order. The sound quality is also highly satisfactory.

Richard Strauss composed most of his lieder in the earlier part of his life. The one great exception is the late and great orchestral set for female voice of the Four Last Songs. Op 10 was published in 1885 when Strauss was 21 and the last works in this set date from around 1918. This issue presents a total… Read more
Mozart: Cosė fan tutte ~ Miah Persson
Mozart: Cosė fan tutte ~ Miah Persson
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The chief pleasure of this release is the orchestral playing of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under the expert direction of Yannick Nezet-Seguin. In a concert version recorded live at the2012 Baden Baden festival, this smallish group very satisfyingly highlight the multiple felicities of Mozart's magical score. Although modern instruments are utilised, there is an obvious nod to period performance style. With clear, dryish sound, the stylish and alert playing is joy from start to finish.

The vocal aspect is generally satisfying; all is present and correct. While the singing from all soloists is technically faultless, my gripe is that it sounds so generic. Listening to duets… Read more
Leon Fleisher Complete Album Collection [Box Set, &hellip ~ Leon Fleisher
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Leon Fleisher (born 1928) had a stellar pianistic career until 1960 when he suffered a debilitating disability of his right hand. In later years he played piano compositions for the left hand and more recently has resumed performing with both hands. This 23 CD set presents all the recordings he made for the Columbia / Sony label.

The compositions presented consists mainly of the standard piano concert repertoire
plus various rarities (often for the left hand) by composers such as Korngold, Prokofiev, Hindemith, Carter etc. The concerti are mainly accompanied by George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.

While it is impractical to review each individual performance… Read more

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