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Another Naxos bargain,
This review is from: Beethoven: Overtures (Audio CD)
Recorded in 1987, this set of Beethoven overtures is hard to beat - and there are no concessions made because of the price: it's a first class production. The architecture of each piece is expertly and sympathetically judged by Stephen Gunzenhauser; the playing is very impressive and the sound full and satisfying, recorded at just the right level to give depth and weight to the music. My own favourites are Egmont and Consecration of the House: the former played with great dignity, the latter with brio and panache. Altogether, this is a deeply satisfying account of key repertoire and it's almost silly to pay more for other, more 'glamorous' versions.
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Initial post: 29 Mar 2012 00:13:35 BDT
Very well written, yet concise review of these performances. I've loved this disc for donkey's years, and even prefer them to the Karajan versions (60's recordings).
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