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Schumann: Symphony Nos. 2, 4, Weber: Oberon Overture - Szell      (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by flathead March 25, 2005

Bought both this and Symphonies 1 and 3. What I like most about both Symphonies is the emotional content of the music. While the SACD recording allows you to hear detail, the whole of the music is what moves me. I am no expert, but is seems that Szell really captures the intent of Schumann. Weber's ... more
Rossini: Overtures etc. - Cleveland Orchestra/Szell      (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by flathead March 25, 2005

WOW. This is Rossini, Auber and Berlioz done right. Just listen to Overture to La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder) and Overture to L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers). Szell is in top form and the performance of the Cleveland Orchestra is, as it always was with Szell, outstanding. ... more
Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpts) - Suzuki        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc March 24, 2005

It's Good Friday here in Melbourne so what more appropriate task than to listen to and review this disc! BIS have set themselves the Augean task of selecting highlights from what is commonly considered (along with Beethoven's string quartets)by classical music lovers as the summit of Western Music - ... more
Haydn: String Quartets Op. 74 - Kocian Quartet          (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc March 24, 2005

I defy anyone to listen to the first minute of this disc and not feel a smile stealing on to your face - Haydn's string quartets are such joyous works! Listen to the finales of the 1st. and 3rd. quartets and your feet will start tapping to the music. These are excellent modern instrument ... more
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro - René Jacobs        (14 of 15 found this review helpful)
  Review by mba_overlord March 24, 2005

I must respectfully beg to differ with the previous reviewer. How can you rate something that you haven't really heard in a realistic environment? Also, how can you rate the artistic merits of a production without citing any specific quibbles or shortcomings of the performance. My wife and I (she's ... more

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