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Britten: String Quartets I - Emperor Quartet        (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  September 14, 2010

In regard to the incestuous love-making of Siegmund and Sieglinde, comedienne Anna Russell said “You can do anything in opera, as long as you SING it…”. The pieces on this disc suggest that you can do anything in a string quartet, as long as you do it CANTABILE… even 'modern' music. THE ... more
Haydn: The Private Pleasure of Prince Esterházy - Finnish Baryton Trio        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  April 15, 2010

“Period instruments or just a baryton with a modernised violin and cello?” I can now confidently answer Osbert Parsley’s question: Period. Markus Kuikka plays a baryton made by Tolman Muthesius in 2001, replicating an 18th century instrument by the ubiquitous Anon., now in the Bruxelles ... more
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations - Jan Michiels        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  February 10, 2010

DIABELLI VOLUME II There is more to the Diabelli Variations than just Opus 120…. Despite the Italian name, Anton Diabelli was born near Salzburg in 1781. He first trained for the priesthood, then defrocked for a career in music. As did many others (e.g. von Weber, Assmeyer, Wölfl), he studied with ... more
Beethoven: Diabelli Variations - Marco Alcantara        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  February 10, 2010

DIABELLI VOLUME I If you have the piano-tuner in to crank up the old Bechstein, be sure to count your change…. Marco Alcantara did an interesting thing with this disc: he seized upon the opportunity to work with Scott Kuhn of the Piano Technicians Guild, and thus present us with Beethoven’s Op. ... more
Quartetto d’Archi della Scala          (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  February 3, 2010

WORKING MY WAY THROUGH THE FONÉS No. 2 I confess, I am VERY fond of Verdi's Quartetto in mi minore. He must have been saying to himself for years if not decades, "One of these days I'm going to write a quartet", the way you or I might say "One of these days I'm going to get a gym membership and ... more

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