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Haydn: The Symphonies
Haydn: The Symphonies
Price: £52.23

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far too much duplication, but worth it just the same., 11 May 2016
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This review is from: Haydn: The Symphonies (Audio CD)
What are Decca/Universal playing at? A couple of years ago they released a compilation of all but 2 of the AAM/Hogwood Haydn Symphonies recordings in a L'Oiseau-lyre box (also omitted were the AAM Chamber Orchestra recordings of 3 of the Salomon reductions of 'London' Symphonies). Now the same company have put together a new box which includes the 5 recordings left out of the earlier box, but omits no less than 20 of the recordings included in the earlier box (Nos. 26, 35, 38, 39, 41 to 52, 58, 59, 65 and 94), replacing them with recordings where Brüggen is the conductor. For some reason Nos. 100 and 104 are represented by both the Hogwood and Brüggen recordings. That leaves 4 Symphonies unrepresented. The gap has been filled by the newly released recordings of Nos. 78-81 under Ottavio Danone's direction. So you really need both boxes and put up with all the duplication if you want both Hogwood in charge where possible, and also want the lot. That said, I would still recommend forking out for them. I really do not think there is a duff recorded performance among them. There again, if you are of the now unpopular opinion that a keyboard continuo has a place in Haydn symphonies, you will need to look elsewhere (to Goodman and the Hanover Band, for instance).
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Tenflyer Mini Portable Swiveling C-Clamp Tripod Stand for Camera Camcorder DSLR
Tenflyer Mini Portable Swiveling C-Clamp Tripod Stand for Camera Camcorder DSLR

5.0 out of 5 stars I have bought a few of these over the years ..., 28 Mar. 2016
I have bought a few of these over the years from various vendors. Although they are marketed principally for use with small cameras, the main use I have for then is with Zoom Handy Recorders such as the H2n, H4n, H1 and H5. Not the most robust of construction, but handled with care they are invaluable, and very versatile.


Walton: Facade / Stravinsky: Renard
Walton: Facade / Stravinsky: Renard
Price: £17.66

4.0 out of 5 stars the instrumental playing in the Walton is fine, and you do get Facade 2 included, 17 Nov. 2015
While not by any means the ideal performance as far as the reciters are concerned, the instrumental playing in the Walton is fine, and you do get Facade 2 included. However, the icing on a less than inspiring, from the vocal point of view, Facades, is a performance of Renard which, for once, uses Stravinsky's Russian text (most recordings use either the French or English translations). That recording is also to be found in the 2015 release of Decca/DG Complete Edition of Stravinsky's works:

Stravinsky: Complete Edition


Feldman: String Quartet No.1, Three Pieces for String Quartet, Structures [2CD plus bonus DVD]
Feldman: String Quartet No.1, Three Pieces for String Quartet, Structures [2CD plus bonus DVD]
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Price: £31.62

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As near to difinitive as one could hope., 12 Sept. 2015
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The term "definitive" is always problematic, but here it seems entirely applicable. The FLUX Quartet as so entirely at home in this composer's muse that the recordings by the Ives Ensemble and The Group for Contemporary Music must fall into the category of 'also rans'. The 'bonus' audio DVD of the First String Quartet no only offers continuity of performance. The dynamic definition is also a cut above that on the CDs (fine as they are). A fine 'supplement' to the FLUX Quartet's likewise definitive 6 hours plus recording of the 2nd Quartet.


Satie: Orchestral Works
Satie: Orchestral Works
Price: £8.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine, so who did which orchestrations?, 12 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Satie: Orchestral Works (Audio CD)
I nearly cut the star rating down to four, but not for the performance or recording, so I leave it at five. These are beautifully characterized performances - what Frank Zappa might have called well shaped. It is particularly good to have Cinéma in context, rather than as an item on its own. My one moan is with the listing and notes. O.k., there is mention of the fact that Debussy and Roland-Manuel orchestrated the "Trois Gymnopédies", but there is no attribution indicating who did what. For the record[sic] Debussy orchestrated 1 and 3 (though he put them in the order 3 and 1) and Roland-Manuel did the job on number 2.

Recommended.


Tigers
Tigers
Price: £46.15

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Presto! Though perhaps not at the Amazon price., 17 April 2015
This review is from: Tigers (Audio CD)
It is close to a third of a century since I first heard this recording (I taped it at the time of the original broadcast). It was re-broadcast a few years later, and I took the opportunity to again save it to cassette, this time using higher quality recording equipment. I have long hoped for a further re-broadcast which would be available in BBC Radio 3's 320kbps aac on the iPlayer. This, however is so much better. The transfer has been carried out with great care. There is much vocal and orchestral detail that was lost via the FM broadcasts. The detailed booklet notes by the late Malcolm Macdonald are exemplary, as are those from the other contributors.

The only real drawback is the vastly inflated price asked for by Amazon at the time of writing (more than 60% higher than I paid (see heading).


Elgar - Symphony 2; Overture 'In the South'
Elgar - Symphony 2; Overture 'In the South'
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Price: £12.23

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of PDO 'bronzing'., 27 Mar. 2015
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Be warned. Contrary to the release date given by Amazon, my copy of this disc, with the cover shown above, purchased via the marketplace, bears the date 1992. It is bronzed, which is no surprise since it was produced during the notorious period that PDO, who pressed it, was using sub-specification lacquer which interacted with the sulphur in the booklet paper to corrode the reflective layer, Chances are that the audio will break up, especially in the final movement of the symphony, Stay away from this particular release and go for either the earlier Ovation version or the double album with the First Symphony, etc.


Ives: Symphonies, Nos. 1 and 2
Ives: Symphonies, Nos. 1 and 2
Price: £15.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Ives enthusiasts., 2 Mar. 2015
Back in January 1996 BBC Radio 3, "Envy of the World", staged an Ives weekend at the Barbican, London. Two of the highlights of that weekend were performances of the 2nd and 4th Symphonies under the baton of Andrew Davis (this was before his knighthood was conferred upon him). Now, at last, he has committed his presentation of Ives's vision to disc. The 2nd is, if anything, even better presented here than it was at the Barbican weekend. Gone is Bernstein's vitiation of Ives's score. The final movement is there in all the glory of Jonathan Elkus's critical edition (Elkus is not specifically credited but the ears confirm his hand at work). This new recording put's Schermerhorn's recording of the same edition rather in the shade.The 1st receives similar illumination, sounding more Ivesian than I have ever heard it before.

This is a must for any Ives enthusiast. Forget the hugely disappointing Litton SACD's. They have rightly fallen out of the catalogue anyway. The next disc in this Chandos Ives Orchestral Music edition is eagerly awaited. I do hope the recording of the 4th will include the theremin part, as did the 1996 performances.

I got my copy from a different supplier and was happy to receive it two days before its official release date. I understand that amazon.co.uk were not far behind, delivering one day later.


Jon Leifs: Erfiljod
Jon Leifs: Erfiljod
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Price: £16.45

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome return for Leifs's few chamber works., 5 Feb. 2015
This review is from: Jon Leifs: Erfiljod (Audio CD)
Despite the somewhat studio-bound nature of Schezo Concreto, these recordings still deserve 5 stars. However, contrary to the Amazon heading (and some lisings elsewhere, it must be said) this is a CD, NOT and SACD. That said, BIS have made as good a job of remastering this re-issue of this Smekkleysa disc from the first 5 years of this century. With the exception of the three string quartets, the works on this disc represent the total of Leifs's chamber output. They range from the short, characterful Gunther Schuller inspired Scherzo of 1964, back through the wind and strings quintet of 1960 to the arrangement for string quartet of his early Variations on a Theme by Beethoven Op. 8 (that theme taken indeed from the third movement of Beethoven's own Op. 8 Serenade). The disc closes with Erfiljóū (Elegies) Op. 35, one of four works he composed in her memory following the death by drowning of his daughter Lif. The singing of these elegies is most touching. Thank you to BIS for making these works available again. Highly recommended.


Haydn: Symphonies
Haydn: Symphonies
Price: £24.99

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James Webster's detailed programme notes downloadable., 21 Dec. 2014
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As others have already confirmed, this is a very welcome gathering of the late Christopher Hogwood's l'Oiseau Lyre recordings of Haydn symphonies (bar 76 and 77 which were later released as a BBC Music Magazine cover disc). I have but one thing to add, and that is to repeat more prominently a point I made in a comment to an earlier customer review above, that is that James Webster's excellent detailed notes which were not included in this re-issue can be found in pdf format at http://christermalmberg.se/files/pdf/musik/verkkommentarer/haydn_joseph_the_symphonies_volume_1-10.pdf
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