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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, Grofe - Bernstein      (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  April 29, 2005

Bernstein said that the distinctive feature of certain American music is that it is confident and casual. When you look at documentary footage of say, Americans at mid-century, you see it: gum chewing confident and casual. Friendly swagger. Bernstein captures this in this recording. This in not just ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Czech Philharmonic/Ashkenazy        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  April 13, 2003

The 9th is arguably Mahlerís finest symphony. The farewell or death theme is usually handled in either an intense way that emphasizes terror, stalking, haunting and fear or in a heavenly organic approach that bids a loving farewell to life. Maybe one measure of the genius of the work is that it can ... more

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