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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Franck: Symphonic Variations - Weissenberg, Karajan
August 28, 2012
A recording made in September 1972 which has never ranked very highly by admirers of either artist, but i found much to enjoy here. Karajan never seemed particularly engaged as an accompanist for pianists - the main prosecution witness could be his dire conducting for Christoph Eschenbach's DG ...
Schumann: Piano Sonata No. 1 Op. 11, Fantasia Op. 17 - Jin Ju
August 27, 2012
An excellently recording with ideal piano sound. Jin Ju's account of the op. 17 Fantaisie is one of the finest of recent years, occasionally ruminative, but with a firm impetus. One never feels the music is in danger of coming to a halt as with Pletnev's DG account. The total timing is over 34 ...
Schumann: The Four Symphonies - Sawallisch
July 31, 2012
One of the finest of all Schumann symphony cycles is here given a new lease of life in EMI Japan's hybrid stereo three SACD set. One more disc than the EMI Great Recordings of the Century incarnation - but unlike that set, here the Manfred Overture is included. Sonically this set is marginally but ...
Elgar: Symphony No. 2 - Ashkenazy
April 13, 2010
An excellent E2 from Ashkenazy, in fact I think I enjoyed this more thean the E1. The recording is excellent on my system: rich but detailed, giving the perfect sound picture for Elgar. The harp comes through the sound picture admirably to reveal Elgar's genius for scoring. Ashkenazy does not ...
Bosmans & Bridge - Mayke Rademakers, Matthijs Verschoor
March 12, 2009
I can add little to the existing review: this is an excellent SACD of some unduly neglected works, superbly played and recorded - of particular pleasure to me, as a former cellist, albeit very much an amateur one. Rademakers produces a glorious tone, comparable only to Wispelwey in my experience, ...