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Ives: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 - Litton          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  May 20, 2007

The Symphonies of Charles Ives are considered the first "American" symphonies. It may be so, but Ives was an extremely ecclectic musician, and in his symphonies the language is quite varied in it´s influences, and also very forward looking. The 2 works in this disc are quite contrasted: a very ... more
Puccini: Turandot - Leinsdorf        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  May 19, 2007

This recording of Turandot is a winner, although sonically is less than ideal. Surely age shows in the constricted sound of this recording. Tuttis suffer and there is something to be desired in the accoustic stage of the recording. Being Turandot an opera of big effects, the sound aspect is rather ... more
Zemlinsky: Symphony in D Minor etc. - Beaumont        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  May 15, 2007

Zemlinsky´s works have been recorded in the past, but results have sometimes been bland. None of this is this excellent disc. Beaumont, the conductor, is perhaps the preeminent Zemlinsky specialist today, so he knows very well the inner workings of these pieces, and how they should be conducted. The ... more
Kurt Weill: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 - Beaumont        (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  May 15, 2007

Anthony Beaumont, the conductor of this recording, is fats becoming one of the specialists of this repertoire. And the results show. Weill´s music is not so easy to digest, and needs not only impeccable musicanship but also a very alert baton. In Beaumont and his Orchestra we get these requisites in ... more
Penderecki: Piano Sextet, Chamber Music - Prazak Quartet        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  May 7, 2007

Penderecki is in his smooth and mellow form in all of these compositions, which are eminently listenable. The Trio for strings and the Sextett are the main works contained on the recording and they are very attractive pieces, with a very subtle interplay of sonorities. Their importance in the ... more

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