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Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 - Jansons        (13 of 16 found this review helpful)
  July 5, 2012

Bruckner 3 & 4, Mariss Jansons. By many Bruckner specialists the 3rd symphony is considered an immature work. But it has too many attractive ingredients to ignore and therefore it is regularly programmed and recorded. In the opening movement the trumpets are, loud and clear, playing the first ... more
  June 28, 2012

A new release of Debussy’s La Mer and Ravel’s La Valse is not a daring undertaken for a label, but adding a relatively new and unknown work from Henry Dutilleux deserves praise. This SACD issue contains Dutilleux's semi violin concerto L’Arbre des Songes (Finished in 1985). Different from a normal ... more
Shostakovich, Schnittke: Piano Trios - Kempf Trio        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  June 28, 2012

Shostakovich Piano trios are popular items and are played frequently and thus are also widely available on CD. The trio’s are considered master pieces of a genre that was also extensively used by Brahms. The reviewed recording is from the Kempf Trio that unfortunately stopped functioning as a trio ... more
Stravinsky: Oedipus Rex, Les Noces - Gergiev        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  June 25, 2012

Gergiev’s Les Noces is one with a rifle in the attack. There is little subtlety in the way Gergiev plows through the score. I do not know who is to blame for this subpar performance; is it the team of soloists, the recording engineers or Gergiev himself or just all of them together. The soloists ... more
Rihm: String Quartets Nos. 1, 4, 5 & 8 - DoelenKwartet          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  June 21, 2012

Wolfgang Rihm – Streichquartette 1, 4, 8, 5 Four string quartets from German composer Wolfgang Rihm (1952) composed between 1970 and 1988. The quartets continue the line of compositions for string quartets from Hayden, Beethoven, Shostakovich and Bartok to mention a few of the main protagonists in ... more

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