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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Vänskä        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  November 10, 2006

I have just listened to Vanska's version of the Choral Symphony, and I am floored. As stated by the other reviewers, the tempi are fleet for the most part, with the scherzo about the "usual". For fun, I played it after listening to the Bernstein/Vienna Philharmonic lp version. The styles are ... more
Bach: Goldberg Variations - Glenn Gould      (16 of 17 found this review helpful)
  May 31, 2005

I have both Glenn Gould versions (1955 and 1981) on CD, the SACD version of the 1981 listed here, as well as an SACD with Perahia's version. I have listened to them all many times recently, compared them extensively, and read a biography of Gould. There is also an interesting movie...32 Short Films ... more
Beethoven & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos - Heifetz/Munch        (10 of 12 found this review helpful)
  November 6, 2004

These reissues are undoubtedly amongst the most treasured recordings of these fine pieces. There must be 50 or more interpretations of the Beethoven currently available, but you must hear Heifetz. No schmaltz. He articulates Beethoven as Beethoven wrote the concerto. The emotion is the ... more
Chopin: Ballades & Scherzos - Rubinstein        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  October 23, 2004

This is from the "Living Stereo" series by RCA, now re-released on SACD. The original 2 or 3 track analog masters were used. The multichannel tracks use the front 3 channels only. The stereo presented is the original mix, no remixing. The sound is great. You can hear Rubenstein breathing, and even ... more
Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello - Janos Starker        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  October 23, 2004

There are many recordings of these fine pieces, dug out of the dustbin by the legendary Pablo Casals, and made into true concert pieces. This rendition by Janos Starker is from 1963-1965, at the absolute peak of his cellistic powers. He, Rostropovich and Fournier are the greatest cellists of the ... more

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