Customer Reviews


3 Reviews
5 star:
 (3)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful performances with excellent sound quality, 28 Jan 2012
By 
Mr. J. Lazzerini "Jonathan" (Quimper, France) - See all my reviews
(REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Cello Concertos (Piatigorsky, Munch) [Sacd/CD Hybrid] (Audio CD)
I concentrate my praise on the Walton concerto, a haunting, lyrical and introspective piece which is in my view under-estimated (compared for example to the more popular Dvorak concerto). Walton wrote it for a commission by Piatigorsky and dedicated it to him, and this performance with the Boston Symphony was the world premiere, so one could not ask for a more authentic interpretation.

The Dvorak concerto is also beautifully played, but what makes this SACD exceptional is the sound quality. With a decent hi-fi set-up, it is the closest to being there in person that I have heard, and is one of the very best of the Living Stereo series.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent natural sound, benchmark walton performance, 11 Sep 2012
By 
This review is from: Cello Concertos (Piatigorsky, Munch) [Sacd/CD Hybrid] (Audio CD)
Over the years, it's been relatively easy for me to resist the "new is better" trend for buying "the greatest digital media breakthroughs since lunchtime". After all this time, my vinyl pressings still produce warm and natural sound, whereas so many of them have had disappointing transfers to CD - often brittle unnatural and harsh compared with the vinyl versions (for example, Milstein's Glazunov and Dvorak flat and tinny; most of Heifetz's 1950s recordings, even the earlier duPre CD transfers, and pretty much all of Piatigorsky's recordings on CD sounding flat and lifeless, lacking the true resonant timbre and nuanced coloration just about found in his vinyl releases).

At last, I've finally got to admit, willingly, that a few SACD 3-channel remasterings of some of the great recordings have been simply breathtaking. This "living stereo" 3-channel stereo disc is a phenomenal re-mastered re-issue. Best of the lot so far. Having heard Gregor Piatigorsky playing the Walton in the dry-as-dust acoustic at the back of the pre-modified Festival Hall in 1957 (a terrific and eloquent first UK performance), in comparison this SACD has terrific immediacy and a feeling of real presence of the cellist and such a natural sound of the cello, plus an astonishing dynamic range for a 1957 recording. I shut my eyes, see his expressive playing style and hear everything - and what a fabulous lyrical and evocative performance this is, by the concerto's dedicatee. It sounds fresh and crystal clear. One of the finest string players of all time, playing the Walton in your own living room.

Sadly I don't know for certain which of his two Strads he was playing on these two concerti, he owned the 1714 "Battia" and the 1725 "Baudiot", and also a 1753 Landolfi now known as the "Piatigorsky" (!!). I believe he played the Baudiot in the Festival Hall UK premiere of the Walton.

His 1960 performance of the Dvorak is truly lovely, really worth buying the disc for both for the satisfying performance and for the sound quality, but in my view the Walton is an absolutely superb offering not to be passed over.

Buy this and also the du Pré SACD Elgar and Delius for awesome cello performances with great SACD remastered high density sound. I'm converted.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely performances of both works to compare with the best, 25 Mar 2013
By 
I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
(TOP 50 REVIEWER)    (REAL NAME)   
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Cello Concertos (Piatigorsky, Munch) [Sacd/CD Hybrid] (Audio CD)
These recordings, made as long ago as 1957 (Walton) and 1960 (Dvorak), still compete with the best available in both works, partly due to the fine new remastering that defies age.

The Walton concerto was dedicated to Piatigorsky who also gave it its first performance and first recording, heard here. It is reasonable to suppose that it must therefore match Walton's intentions very closely. Since then there have been other fine performances by the likes of Yo Yo Ma, Raphael Wallfisch and Tim Hugh, all of which I have and still enjoy. Nevertheless this performance carries with it a certain extra authority. Couplings vary considerably and all are equally tempting. Ma provides the wonderful Elgar concerto, Hugh provides Walton's wonderful violin concerto and Wallfisch starts an all Walton program including the wonderful Improvisations on a Britten impromptu.

Piatigorsky is coupled with another great cello concerto - the Dvorak. This is beautifully played by Piatigorsky with an emphasis upon the lyrical nature of the work. Munch provides typically energetic support at other times so that this performance has quite some built-in variety on offer. The combination of these two musicians makes for interesting dramatic contrasts in the first movement, shared lyricism in the second and a final movement which sparkles as it should in between moments of melodic repose. This performance, by covering a wider emotional range than is often the case, offers a substantial reading which gives considerable satisfaction.

In conclusion I would suggest that this very fine disc of two fine concertos makes for a very tempting purchasing proposition. It deserves to be considered seriously by anyone interested in the coupling. For those contemplating an upgrade of their previous issue, I would suggest that this remastering has been a considerable success.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Cello Concertos (Piatigorsky, Munch) [Sacd/CD Hybrid]
Cello Concertos (Piatigorsky, Munch) [Sacd/CD Hybrid] by Antonín Dvorák (Audio CD - 2005)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews