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Sibelius: Lemminkäinen Suite & The Wood-Nymph - Vänskä
June 17, 2014
A beautifully played account of the four Lemminkainen Legends with spacious recording to match. The opening Lemminkainen and the Maidens of the Island is brooding and deeply felt, with the bass harmonies of cello and bassoon coming through nicely in the sound mix. I usually prefer the middle ...
Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 5 - Kamu
September 29, 2013
A live recording of a Helsinki PO/Kamu concert on 4 February 1982 in Osaka Festival Hall, this stereo-only single layer SACD boasts vivid, spacious, very realistic sound. The Fifth Symphony comes first and is an imaginative performance of a fairly orthodox interpretation - but is none the worse for ...
Elgar: Symphony No. 2 - Oramo
April 27, 2013
I enjoyed this recording, a straightforward performance well recorded. The orchestra does not sound massively sumptuous as on some RBCDs of this work but there is plenty of warmth as well as detail - many wonderful examples of the composer's fine-spun scoring emerge with remarkable clarity. I ...
Karajan conducts Ravel
December 13, 2012
This is more like it - after his lacklustre La Mer on the companion Debussy SACD Karajan was back on form here. The Orchestre de Paris play very well, the sound is equally good - and more importantly the performances are really very fine. The highlight is La Valse which comes first, and is ...
Ravel: Bolero, Debussy: La Mer - Karajan
December 12, 2012
A surprisingly soft-grained and undramatic La Mer from Karajan - this can't compare to his famous 1964 DG recording, and certainly not to Haitink's superb recording made around the same time as this one (1977) and which is available on an excellent Universal SACD. The Bolero (especially) and ...