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Biber: Rosary Sonatas - Sepec, Perl, Behringer, Santana        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  December 28, 2010

This is simply a wonderful recording! Biber wrote fifteen violin works with continuo and one solo violin work that depict events in Christ's life. It's easy enough to enjoy them simply as pure music without the programmatic aspects. He employs fourteen scordaturas or deliberate mis-tunings in order ... more
Julian Bream - Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  December 19, 2010

I need to make some corrections to JW's review. He most emphatically did NOT use steel strings! The tension of steel strings would have torn the bridge off his beloved 1957 and 1962 Robert Bouchet guitars! He used nylon, most likely Augustine strings. Yes, his tone is bright, but certainly not ... more
Christoph Declara "Debüt"        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  December 14, 2010

My, what an impressive "debut" we have here! Both the performer and label were new names to me, so the disc was a bit of a gamble, but it has paid off handsomely! MUSIC: Brahms Sonata No 3, a massive, symphonic-scaled piece; Gubaidulina (1932) Chaconne (1962); and Brahms Variations and Fugue on a ... more
Raasted: Solo Violin Sonatas - Johannes Søe Hansen        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  November 26, 2010

His is a new name to me, and what a pleasant discovery it is! He's a Danish composer who lived from 1888 to 1966. One of his main teachers was Max Reger, whose influence, along with JS Bach and Carl Nielson, can be keenly heard here. He uses chromatic harmony/melodies, but it's a little less ... more
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Vol. 8 - Michael Korstick        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  November 24, 2010

I see that Mr. Korstick has not fared well on this site. To each his own, I guess! I happen to like his white-hot intensity, which may translate into pounding for some listeners. Regardless of his tempos or the difficulty of the music, Korstick manages to attain amazing clarity. This release ... more

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