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Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Francesca da Rimini - Pletnev          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  December 29, 2011

I finally got around to this recording, and like Windsurfer, I'm truly blown away by the recording. Perhaps it doesn't have that Telarc clarity in the bass, but that's not necessarily bad. What it does have is incredible balance and presence. Performance is another matter. Good first movement, but ... more
Beethoven, Nordheim, Bartok: String Quartets - Engegårdkvartetten        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  November 20, 2010

I'm one of the non-recommenders on this. I was very excited since I like their excitable and forceful approach in the Grieg/Solberg/Haydn disc. But though the sound is first rate, they rush the Beethoven terribly. Now mind you, I love fast Beethoven, but this is rushed to the extent that the phrases ... more
Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 4 - Gavrylyuk, Ashkenazy          (12 of 16 found this review helpful)
  November 4, 2010

Comparison: Let me say first off that I have trouble with reviews. It's not that I don't have opinions about the recordings I listen to, but to do a proper review I must listen and re-listen, and then if there are comparisons, I must listen and re-listen to those as well, often switching back and ... more
Parkanyi Quartet: The art of the string quartet (Vol. II)        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  August 13, 2010

I quickly filled up 5 paragraphs and I wasn't even finished talking about Op. 18 No. 4. So let me start over: this is a winner! I bought it for the Op. 95, which is good, but the Op. 18 No. 4 is even more spectacular! Listen to the body of the strings in the fugato opening of the Andante. Most ... more
Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 - Dausgaard        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  May 31, 2010

When listening to the final Schubert Sonata, I've often found myself wondering how the final two movements really fit with what went before. Oh, yes, they are pure Schubert! But the music of the first two movements is of another world! The question is made pertinent by thoughts about the ... more

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