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Respighi: Roman Trilogy - Neschling        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  December 5, 2010

This is an all around fun disc and a real stunner in surround sound. Neschling and the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra do as good as a job as anyone else with the "Roman Trilogy." The only thing they can be faulted on, is that Neschling is slightly too fast in the finale of "Pines of Rome," and he's ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Chailly          (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  July 12, 2010

This is a performance that is pretty much beyond reproach. In his third symphony Mahler began to push to sound of the orchestra beyond the comfort zone of romanticism. Case and point is the glissando oboe in the 4th movement. Just think for a moment how otherworldly that and the whole movement ... more
Chabrier: Espana, Rhapsody, Bourree - Paray        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  July 12, 2010

Chabrier is doomed to be remembered for six and half minutes of music: Espana. And to add insult to injury, the piece is not considered “serious” enough to be programmed during the regular subscription season of orchestras – it’s typically relegated to summer concerts. While there’s no denying a ... more
Rachmaninov: The Bells, Symphonic Dances - Bychkov          (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
  February 27, 2010

Since Geohominid has written so descriptively about The Bells, I’ll focus on the "Symphonic Dances." The "Symphonic Dances" is my favorite orchestral piece by Rachmaninov (so that means I’m considering the “Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini” music for orchestra and piano solo). Unlike the popular ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Jansons        (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  February 22, 2010

As usual, I'll be the lone dissenter on this recording. My main main problem with the performance is that throughout it Jansons is awash in a sea of strings. He pushes the string section to the front of the balance, and while the Concertgebouw's strings are quite gorgeous, this comes at the ... more

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