Mr Swallow

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Annie Fischer - Icon (The Complete London Studio R&hellip ~ Annie Fischer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Self-recommending, 15 Jun 2014
This is self-recommending. One of the great pianists of the last century at super bargain price! Just listen to that peerless Mozart for a start. These discs also include Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert and Liszt (conducted by Klemperer!) so no hesitation needed. Buy!
Verdi, Giuseppe - Falstaff [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Franco Zeffirelli
Verdi, Giuseppe - Falstaff [DVD] DVD ~ Franco Zeffirelli
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!, 7 May 2014
This is an outstanding, traditional performance of Verdi's greatest masterpiece. Conducting, singing and acting all top rank. The cast is as good as could have been found at the time, with Freni, Bonney, Horne and Graham all outstanding. As Sir John, Plishka is outstanding - he really looks the part and acts superbly without overdoing things. The smaller parts are all well taken and Levine conducts a really lively performance with great brio. Perhaps the scenery for the fairy scene is a bit overdone, but that's being picky. This is a real fun performance. Just listen to the final fugue and you'll feel better about life! There are other ways of doing this work but this is highly recommended.
Bruckner: Symphony No.4 ~ Bruckner
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous performance, 7 May 2014
This is probably the most beautiful performance of Bruckner's fourth symphony ever committed to disk. The orchestral playing is fabulous and Karajan holds the whole thing together with a lifetime of experience. Those familiar with this conductors Brueckner will need no urging!