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  October 5, 2012

Sviatoslav Richter's recording of the Well-tempered Clavier is my favourite rendition I prefer it to even that of Glenn Gould. So, this is not only a five-star performance, but amongst the very finest that exist, and the best that I know of. The merits of the performance are already well-known, so ... more
Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 - Henryk Szeryng        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  May 22, 2012

Performance ----------------- I have many, many recordings of this violin showpiece, as it is a piece I studied when I was a young teen. My favourite recordings include a young Itzhak Perlman, the superbly brilliant (but short-lived) Michael Rabin, and Nathan Milstein. It may not be a very deep ... more
Georg Gulyás plays Bach II        (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  November 28, 2011

If you like your Bach transformed into elevator muzac, then this is the disc for you. I find it bland and boring, and ever so dull. Bach's music famously transcribes well to almost anything but alas not here. Here it seems heavy, banal and trifling lacking its usual complexity and any subtlety ... more
Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - Musica Amphion        (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  August 3, 2011

This must be one of the worst sounding SACDs I have had the misfortune of purchasing: the sound is completely 'digital' - harsh and grainy. Awful. And if the sonics are dubious, I am not sure why anyone would want to specially purchase this as a SACD. What can be its raison d'être? It doesn't seem ... more
Mozart: Requiem - Böhm      (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  February 8, 2011

This is unquestionably the finest performance of Mozart's requiem I have yet heard on SACD .... Karajan's performance on SACD is scarred by a woeful performance by the choir. Harnoncourt's SACD version was not to my taste at all, and decidedly mediocre. This version is stately, grand, reverential, ... more

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