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Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2, Vocalise No. 14 - Fischer          (19 of 22 found this review helpful)
  June 29, 2004

Summary: Fresh, heart-felt, and youthful. Imprints: Previn and Ashkenazy, also familiar with the Pletnev. The first thing you'll notice about the opening of the first mov't is the careful attention to phrasing and dynamics in the strings. While Previn's and Ashkenazy's strings act as the anonymous ... more
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on the Bare Mountain - Kuchar        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  June 19, 2004

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, (orch. Ravel) Night on Bald Mountain, original and Rimsky's Golitsin's Exile from Khovanchina Hopak from Sorochinsky Fair Naxos SACD $11.99 USD (did you notice? $11.99?) Wow. I didn't think I could get excited while listening to Pics at an Ex ever again, but ... more
Poulenc: Concerto for Organ etc - Gillian Weir        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  April 2, 2004

It's always nice to find a neglected gem that turns out to be just what the cliche promises--a gem, and quite a substantial one at that! I'm talking about Barber's 16min Tocatta Festiva for Organ and Orchestra; the final offering on this exceptionally recorded disc. I heard this music for the first ... more

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