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Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, The Hebrides - Szell      (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  March 30, 2006

If you’re going to own only one disc of Mendelssohn’s orchestral music, this is the one to own. Mendelssohn is often written-off as a lightweight early romantic composer (despite the undeniable brilliance of such works as the Octet, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Overture and the Violin Concerto). ... more
Brahms: Piano Quartets - Beaux Arts Trio/Trampler        (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  March 23, 2006

Brahms' First Piano Quartet is one of the all-time great pieces of chamber music, up there with Schubert's "Trout" Quintet and Mendelssohn's Octet. Each movement is filled with memorable themes and colorful interplay between the instruments to the point that the movements can stand on their own, ... more
Holst: The Planets, Grainger: The Warriors - Gardiner        (13 of 16 found this review helpful)
  March 7, 2006

Hyperbole aside, Percy Grainger's "The Warriors" is quite simply the most inventive, original, brilliant 20th Century orchestral composition you have never heard. Out of the few people who have heard it, half probably blow it off as kitschy fluff. The problem is that Grainger made the music so ... more
Beethoven: Complete Sonatas & Variations - Wispelwey, Lazic          (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  February 17, 2006

Here's another home-run for Channel Classics. Once again they've managed to make a highly distinguished recording of repertoire you thought you didn't need another recording of. The Beethoven Cello Sonatas are quirky pieces. Had the music not been written by Beethoven it probably wouldn't receive ... more
Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Suites - Paavo Järvi          (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  February 17, 2006

Here's a smart idea: put the complete music to each "Romeo & Juliet" Suite onto a single disc, something which is surprisingly not often done. And that's the reason why I bought this disc -- I only own various collections of excerpts. Unfortunately, the interpretation and playing do not live up to ... more

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