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Mozart: Die Zauberflote - Highlights (Wiener Philharmoniker / Sol
Mozart: Die Zauberflote - Highlights (Wiener Philharmoniker / Sol
Offered by Smaller World Future
Price: £34.14

5.0 out of 5 stars I just wish to balance out the the previous one ..., 22 Dec. 2016
I just wish to balance out the the previous one star review that has been attached to this disc in error - the comments relate to a 1937 live Toscanini recording.
I have the full opera recording conducted by Solti from which these highlights are sourced and consider it a modern well recorded version albeit in a traditional style, not many hats tipped towards the HIP movement here.


R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder Orchesterlieder
R. Strauss: Vier letzte Lieder Orchesterlieder
Offered by westworld-
Price: £20.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I hoped for., 22 Dec. 2014
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A strong version of Four Last Songs by virtue of the fact that it is at the bottom holding up the stack of other recordings I have of this wonderful work.
The singing is decent enough the orchestral playing is beautiful and yet there is something significant missing - feeling, commitment, and on a basic level no impression of insight into these lovely songs.
Sad really because the expectations I had of the Singer/Conductor/Orchestra combination was high, was it too high, perhaps.
The disc isn't awful but there are many more better versions to be had, I would recommend an audition before buying.

Edit - Kiri Te Kanawa's recording with Andrew Davis has now pushed this one up a notch in my stack of recordings so it is no longer bottom of my pile.


Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61
Price: £1.58

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but.., 9 Feb. 2012
The combination of one of my favourite conductors along with one of the greatest violinists of the last century for £1.38 can't go wrong can you. To a large degree that is the case the performance is fine if not necessarily one of the very best. Menuhin was, in many peoples eyes or should I say ears, in decline as a soloist by this stage and could be a little mannered, Klemperer was also becoming prone to very slow tempos by the mid 'sixties. In comparison to other performances of the Beethoven Violin concerto I have on disc this is not the fastest but is not what you would call laboured either. The solo playing is good without being outstanding, Menuhin choses to play the Kreisler cadenzas favoured by many.
The New Philharmonia still appear to respond to one their favoured conductors with due concentration.
I believe it is the 1966 recording originally released on EMI, if it is then that recording may be available in better sound. I am sure i've seen it on the site available as a download but for considerably more.

The "but" in the title refers not to the performance merely the fact that the recording appears to have been taken from vinyl with a small number of the associated crackles and plops to go a long with the music, if you are particular about sound then it could be a problem, it doesn't concern me too much, and for the price can you afford to be too fussy?

All in all a good bargain, with that one proviso.


Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Decca Collectors Edition)
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen (Decca Collectors Edition)
Price: £33.70

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best., 20 Sept. 2010
This, Keilberth and Barenboim, are in my opinion the three ring cycles to have in your library. Is it the best version? one day yes next day perhaps, but then that is the Ring. At this price don't hesitate. If you are old enough to recall how much buying the Ring on vinyl could cost then you will appreciate how much of a bargain this is.


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