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Sibelius: Theatre Music - Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Joseph Swensen        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  June 28, 2005

Sibelius is a composer that took big advantage of the strings section of the orchestra in writing his works. This attractive volume of Theatre Music, played by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra plays with verve and commitement. The interpretations are detailed and at the same time very elastic and ... more
Songs by Richard Strauss, Bruno Walter & Joseph Marx - Emma Bell        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  June 27, 2005

This is quite an interesting disc, containing not only lesser known lieder by Richard Strauss, but also little known lieder by Bruno Walter and Joseph Marx. The big surprise here are the works by this last composer. Not only good compositions, but affording quite intense renderings of the texts ... more
Ravel/Shostakovich - Scottish Ensemble        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  June 27, 2005

The two works presented here were originally written for String Quartets. Russian composer and conductor Rudolf Barshai composed these transcriptions for string orchestra. In this form, the music opens up even further, giving a more detailed account of the inner voices of the music. The Scottisch ... more
Nigel North - Go from my Window        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  June 27, 2005

Nigel North is one of the very few outstanding lute players of today. All of his discs with Linn are artistic events, and this one is no exception. A programme of nearly 70 minutes of Rennaisance lute music may be too sweet for some: but then you can hear a few tracks at a time. All these pieces ... more
Russian Orthodox Church Music - Eugen Evetz        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  June 27, 2005

This is a very good disc, although at 44 minutes, it is rather short. The works contained are a selection of the existing literature of Russian Orthodox Music, and quite a good selection at that. Tenor Nicolai Gedda sings with great verve and musicality in 3 or 4 of the tracks of the disc. The ... more

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