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A Most Sumptous Treat,
This review is from: Albinoni: Adagio/Pachelbel: Canon (Audio CD)
This CD is greater than the sum of it's parts. I could review each piece,, but suffice to say, I shall concentrate on three.
Albinoni's Adagio in G minor for Strings and Organ is the finest piece of music ever composed. Often I hear it played on the radio, usually early morning and I always know whether or not it is Von Karajan's version. All the other do not compare . The arrangement by Remo Giazotto is perfection, just as Tomaso Albinoni would have ordained. David Bell on the organ is at his best, no other organist can match his rendition of the Adagio. Leon Spierer with his violin is non pareil and von Karajan conducting is peerless.
We are in for a further treat, because David Bell plays the Organ in Bach's orchestral suite no 3 in D major [BWV 1068]. His timing is faultless and brings forth the Eternal beauty of this piece.
When you listen to Albinoni and Bach, you witness the awesome chemistry between Bell and von Karajan. Both draw strength from the other. Again that same bond exists between the latter and Leon Spierer, yes, they have worked together for many years.
Pachelbel's Canon and Gigue in D major brings forth Frank Maus on Cembalo. Again, all I can say is that this piece is breathtakingly perfection.
Yes, all of the three other pieces are exemplary: [ Vivaldi /Concerto for Flute, Strings and Harpsichord; Gluck / Dance of the Blessed Spirits and Mozart / Serenata notturna in D major K.239 ]. This is an absolutely glorious disk. It is so enthralling, that it is a privilege to listen to. Where classical music is concerned, this recording is the most sumptuous and the ultimate treat.