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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 - Haitink        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 1, 2012

Haitink takes the cow by the horns from the very start of the opening Allegro. He reads more detail from the score than my preferred comparison readings of this symphony; Eugen Jochum (1978) with Dresden and Giulini with VPO (1987), both on RBCD. It also seems that for Haitink this opening movement ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 - Haitink        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  July 25, 2012

Among the 10 Bruckner symphonies, the 5th would get my vote as the one with the most beautiful introduction; it evolves from silence and remains constraint till, minutes later, the Adagio commences. Attention assured. Not less convincing is the six bar orchestral end-motive, whereby the orchestra ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Francesca da Rimini - Jansons        (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
  July 19, 2012

For a long time I had the Mravinsky recordings (1960’s DGG) as my preferred set for Tchaikovsky 4,5 and 6, but sound quality, as can be expected, was not good at all on the 80’s’ ADD CD’s. We know that each of Tchaikovsky’s late symphonies concerns a conflict of a courageous but deeply vulnerable ... more
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Jansons        (13 of 19 found this review helpful)
  July 18, 2012

Ok, another “Pictures at an exhibition” was not where we were waiting for (How many of them do we already have) unless there are special reasons to release one. On top of that this disc only provides 33 minutes of music, so all in all this sets high expectations. And after listening I found at ... more
Rautavaara: Book of Visions etc. - Franck          (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  July 17, 2012

The “pièce the resistance” of this disc is the Book of Visions, a piece of 40 minutes completed in 2005, complemented with his earliest Symphony (1955) and the Adagio Celeste for String orchestra completed in 2000. The title of this disc could easily point to the evolution in Rautavaara’s composing ... more

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