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Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 2; Paganini Rhapsody
Rachmaninov - Piano Concerto No 2; Paganini Rhapsody
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Routine performances, 20 Nov. 2011
Routine performances by the two famous but not particularly outstanding artists. The kind of performances that do everything correctly and tick every box to satisfy critics and listeners. No-risk-taking, orthodox accounts which are highly regarded in the polite British culture. There are many, far superior and more exciting accounts than these.
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Brahms;Songs a Capella
Brahms;Songs a Capella
Price: £13.54

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gems of choral music, 18 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Brahms;Songs a Capella (Audio CD)
The CD includes 21 tracks of Brahms' secular choral works most beautifully sung by Prague Philharmonic Choir. Many of them are real gems of choral music of wistful lyricism and ingenious harmony.


Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Price: £7.24

10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial Pianism, 28 May 2011
This pianist is technically phenomenal, and desperate commercialism of classical music industry presents him as a great master, but he needs to learn he is far from it yet and there's more to the art of piano playing than just banging on right notes and playing it loud or less loud if he wants his name remembered in the next century.


Bach, J.S.: The Six Partitas
Bach, J.S.: The Six Partitas
Price: £20.30

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but..., 21 Aug. 2010
I admire Ashkenazy for his big concerto performances like his incandescent performances of Prokofiev's 5 piano concertos, but as a solo pianist, I alaways feel his playing lacks depth and an extra factor which inspires real sense of awe, compared to other Russian masters like Richter, Gilels, Sofronitsky, H.Neuhaus.

This latest recording of Bach's 6 Partitas is impressive enough for his wonderful dexterity and solid sense of architecture of the each piece, but it all sounds so authodox as if by a work of an exemplary student afraid of any interpretation. Technically brilliant, but musically there are more inspired and rewarding recordings by other pianists.
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F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Violin Concerto In E Minor Opus 64
F. Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Violin Concerto In E Minor Opus 64
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Price: £7.08

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever-green recording of the famous concertos, 25 Feb. 2010
Ruggiero Ricci's classic stereo recording of the two concertos still sounds so fresh and inspiring. The music just glows with his sweet tone and the deep lyricism of his style. Recorded in 1958, very good sound quality.


Symphony 1
Symphony 1
Price: £13.62

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous performance of Blumine, 25 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Symphony 1 (Audio CD)
This is a very atmospheric and powerful performance of Mahler's 1st symphony, played with warmth and insight. It includes a gorgeous performance of Blumine as the 2nd movement Andante, as Mahler originally intended. Mehta/Israel PO captures all the subtle nuances of timbre and change of moods masterfully. The final climax is immensely powerful and gloriously vivid.


Mahler:Symphony No.1 Titan(+ Blumine)
Mahler:Symphony No.1 Titan(+ Blumine)
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Price: £26.67

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Performance & Gorgeous Blumine, 25 Feb. 2010
This is a very atmospheric and powerful performance of Mahler's 1st symphony, played with warmth and insight. It includes a gorgeous performance of Blumine as the 2nd movement Andante, as Mahler originally intended. Mehta/Israel PO captures all the subtle nuances of timbre and change of moods masterfully. The final climax is immensely powerful and gloriously vivid.


Klavierkonzerte 1+2
Klavierkonzerte 1+2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hugely Under-rated Piano Concertos, 13 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Klavierkonzerte 1+2 (Audio CD)
Over-shadowed by Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Brahms' Piano Concertos, it is a shame, such wonderfully rich piano concertos by Mendelssohn are rarely played and recorded by world-class pianists, probably due to their inwardness and lack of big bravado. The both works are more subtle and intricate and take several listening to appreciate, but once you are touched by the exquisite beauty of Mendelssohn's piano writing, it is impossible not to love them.

Sergei Edelmann's rendition of the concertos is nothing short of the magical. Piano sound shimmers with subtle colours and shades. I've never come across such high standard of piano playing for decades. He must be one of the great living pianists alongside Volodos, Pletnev and Gavrilov.


Piano Concertos (Rmst)
Piano Concertos (Rmst)
Price: £9.65

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent Performances, 17 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Piano Concertos (Rmst) (Audio CD)
Fleisher is brilliant in both concertos. His strength lies in his self-effacing approach to let the music speak for itself. The way he breathes life into the music is simply magical!


Scriabin:Symphony No.2, Tchaikovsky: Hamlet
Scriabin:Symphony No.2, Tchaikovsky: Hamlet

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars powerfully eloquent performance, 13 Dec. 2009
This is a glowing and powerfully eloquent performance of Hamlet, played by Philadelphia Orchestra with gorgeous strings and glorious brass. The woodwinds' sound in the slow movement of Scriabin's 2nd symphony is simply magical!!


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