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Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Netherlands PO/Haenchen          (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  August 29, 2005

Gustav Mahler scores his symphonies for very big orchestras. But his orchestral writing is, in essence the contrast of timbres of the various groups within the orchestra. And this is why conducting Mahler is not easy: a good ear for balances is a must. This, which sound obvious is not quite so ... more
Mozart, Rossini: Opera Arias - Frederica von Stade        (11 of 12 found this review helpful)
  August 10, 2005

This is the best sounding Pentatone disc I have heard. Simply spectacular. Clear and detailed orchestra, gorgeous sound of the voice, good balances and good ambiance atmosphere. The performances are great too. Federica Von Stade, american mezzo-soprano, is one of the most beloved artists of all ... more
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas - Julia Fischer          (16 of 17 found this review helpful)
  July 12, 2005

Among the young violin virtuosos, Julia Fisher appears to me to be one of the outstanding exponents of her generation. And this disc proves it amply. Very few violinists of any time would risk a recording such complex works so early in their careers. But here, the gamble pays off. Great playing, no ... more
Haydn: Symphony Nos. 22, 44 & 64 - Boni          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  June 28, 2005

3 symphonies by F.J.Haydn: what a pity he is not played more nowadays. With 104 to choose from, there must be one able to please nearly every concertgoer. Maestro Boni chooses 3 from the early-mid-period, and conducts them very well: with elegance and thrust, but also perfect equilibrium, which is ... more
Mozart, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos - Eschkenazy/Boni          (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  June 28, 2005

An interesting disc. It includes 3 works, of which only the Mozart Violin cto. 5 is a widely known one. The other two, Scubert Rondo in A for violin and orchestra and Mendelssohn Concerto fr violin in d (composed when he was 13! ) are lesser known works that deserve to be widely appreciated by the ... more

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