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5.0 out of 5 stars Three or four essential items and lots more that is good, 16 July 2012
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This review is from: Celibidache Edition - French & Russian Music (Audio CD)
Sometimes sold for a bargain price (currently 22.50), this set can be a very worthwhile way of buying the three or four essential items contained within it. Many of the performances in this box are "merely" good and successful rather than distinctive and distinguished. Certainly this is not overflowing with wonders to the same extent as the companion "Bruckner" and "Symphonies" boxes are. But there is a very wonderful Scheherazade and a really powerful (and powerfully different) Tchaik 5. There is a really lovely - and again very different - Nutcracker Suite. These recordings are amongst my favourites of these works. I listen to them often and always with great pleasure. There is also an impressive Tchaik 4 and a good Prokofiev 5. La Mer is impressive also - if a little unidiomatic - and after a rather dreary first movement the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra is very worthwhile. The rest is worth sifting through - many seem to like the Pathetique but I find much of it prosaic. Buy the aforementioned other Celibidache Munich sets first but do at least sample this set's Tchaikovsky and Rimsky Korsakov.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Tchail 6 and some other interesting stuff, 24 Dec 2011
This review is from: Celibidache Edition - French & Russian Music (Audio CD)
Lot's of eccentric stuff in here but also some real gems. The Tchaik 6 features extraordinary textures and unbelievable playing from the orchestra - given the slow speads the ensemble and breath control are amazing. The tempi are slow but if you forget what you usually hear, this is wonderful.

Not all the collection is of the same quality, but there are some breathtaking moments including a beautifully textured La Mer.

Not a first or only choice but if you like beautiful textures and aren't scared of non-standard interpretations, this is worth a look at the v low price.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another box champ, 23 Feb 2012
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Pictures at an exhibition never looked/sounded better, coupled with bolero is a winner by itself, each track is a well known
Piece, superbly played, even if you have some of this music do not be put off,EMI have re mastered to a high acceptable
Standard, I play these EMI box sets regularly an d have very little to moan about, this particular set is in my opinion flawless,
It is difficult to find a recording of Scherherazade that is both wallet and ear friendly, well it is in this box, it is a rich semi heavy
Tonal sound superbly played. it's about time that recording companies dusted their old shelves and did something about pirating
Their protected music, selling it for a reasonable price is surely going to make inferior illegal MP3. Downloads undesirable.
Good for EMI taking the lead, even though thr Gramaphone reported that they have been bought out.
Full WAV files are always better than squashed tomatoes
I see that the complete Toscanini is on offer,although a bargain for what you get, however, it's a bit much for a one off,maybe if
It were offered in say four parts? As I for one have already got the first two downloads from Amazon.

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