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Mahler: Symphony No. 7 - Zinman
(15 of 16 found this review helpful)
August 6, 2011
ADHD Summary: Of the Zinman series, this is the closest to finding its way to the absolute top of the pack in both sound and performance. This is only my second 5/5 review for sound/performance. Admittedly, I have fewer examples (6) of this Mahler symphony than I do of the ten others , but Zinman's ...
A Cappella Works by Copland, Duruflé, Vaughan Williams etc. - Mackenzie
(4 of 4 found this review helpful)
July 2, 2011
ADHD Summary: Glorious in every way. Good music, well sung, fine recording, ridiculously cheap price. But you probably want some justification for this endorsement, which is why I have written the review. Back story: I canvassed the SACD.net database for recordings that I own, have no reviews ...
Wolf: Italian Songbook - Christoph Prégardien, Julia Kleiter
(6 of 6 found this review helpful)
May 3, 2011
ADHD Summary: Different from the alternatives for the /Italian Songbook/. A must for fans of Wolf, and a surprise to find this less recorded work recorded and performed so well. Prégardien is now at the top of his game, and his game is good. Kleiter has a bright future ahead. Preface: This is ...
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 135, Walton: Sonata for Strings - Amsterdam Sinfonietta
(7 of 8 found this review helpful)
March 30, 2011
ADHD Summary: This disc is /not/ a collection of musical fluff, but it /is/ a recital of unusual disc mates. Excellent but reverberant recording. Well worth buying for the Walton piece alone, which is a joy to discover. Background: During the writing of the review of the Tokyo String Quartet's ...
Beethoven: String Quartets Opp. 127, 130, 131, 132, 133 & 135 "Late Quartets" - Tokyo String Quartet
(18 of 19 found this review helpful)
March 13, 2011
ADHD summary: Whether your first set or your fifth, these fine performances are ones that speak to an emotional intimacy with Beethoven's late period, and I have listened to each one repeatedly and joyously for the past week and a half. The sound is good, but a bit variable, in part because of ...