Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Click Here Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop Women's Shop Men's

Customer Review

TOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 September 2011
Those who have read my reviews may recall that I have not been a fan of EMI's Rattle/BPO output-recording quality very variable, interpretations I haven't liked and very uninvolved if sleek playing. In sum, I have found most of these recordings to be dull! I was recently happily uplifted by the Nutcracker recording-not everyone's favourite by it works for me (mostly)- and the Mahler 2 which I found to be a triumph. I have unreserved praise for this new recording, which should appeal to Brahms and Schoenberg adherents alike! The Brahms has been well done before-Jarvi's rollicking and raucous LSO recording still enjoys my affection,and Dohnanyi's Vienna recording had magnificent sound though was more matter of fact- but Rattle's new recording has an infectious joy about it -everyone really sounds as if they are enjoying themselves, especially in the finale of the Brahms where Rattle displays a real mischievous bent. Could he be a future Straussian after all-Johann and Josef that is!? Those who don't know this realisation may rest assured that it really captures the spirit of Brahms, and one would not detect Schoenberg's hand in it if not informed in advance. I've always thought of it as Brahms 5th Symphony and this recording supports my view. Nonetheless, I differ from Philster in his excellent review in that I think that the real meat of the disc is the Chamber Symphony in its magnificent full orchestral version, Schoenberg's final thoughts on this work. Nothing Chamber about this-the orchestral forces are vast, in the manner of Gurrelieder. It is a highly perfumed, tonal excercise in the latest of late romanticism spilling over just occasionally into modernism, and is redolent of Wagner, Strauss, Mahler, Debussy and even Scriabin. Playing and recording are again superb, and Rattle's reading is inspired. Sandwiched in between is a brief but slightly more abstruse work, the music to accompany a film scene which might hold some terrors for Brahmsians-but they should find it interesting at least. Thus this disc is loaded with delights for both ends of the musical appreciation spectrum and I urge all lovers of Brahms and Schoenberg to sample it-and I feel sure that those who would normally shy away from Schoenberg but love Brahms will find much to enjoy also.
It gives me great pleasue to award this superb disc unlimited stars!! Stewart Crowe
0Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse| Permalink
What's this?

What are product links?

In the text of your review, you can link directly to any product offered on Amazon.com. To insert a product link, follow these steps:
1. Find the product you want to reference on Amazon.com
2. Copy the web address of the product
3. Click Insert product link
4. Paste the web address in the box
5. Click Select
6. Selecting the item displayed will insert text that looks like this: [[ASIN:014312854XHamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)]]
7. When your review is displayed on Amazon.com, this text will be transformed into a hyperlink, like this:Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)

You are limited to 10 product links in your review, and your link text may not be longer than 256 characters.

Please write at least one word
You must purchase at least one item from Amazon to post a comment
A problem occurred while submitting your comment. Please try again later.

There was a problem loading the comments at the moment. Please try again later.


Product Details

5.0 out of 5 stars
10
5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
10
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
£9.68+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime