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Bo Linde: Orchestral Works Vol. 3 - Sundkvist        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  May 20, 2009

We are not supposed to review the actual music, but I feel that some pointers are necessary. Linde was a great admirer of Benjamin Britten and nowhere is this more evident than in his second symphony, placed first on this sacd. Nothing wrong with admiring other composers, but when it results in ... more
Bo Linde: Orchestral Works Vol. 2 - Sundkvist        (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
  February 14, 2008

For those of you who bought the first instalment in this series of four SACD's this one will come as a bit of a surprise I think. This is Bo Linde in a lighter mood, but no less masterly. Let me first say that I have heard three of the four pieces several times before but not any of the previous ... more
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 11 & 12 - Janina Fialkowska        (13 of 13 found this review helpful)
  October 14, 2007

My initial reaction was a big question mark. Why play these pieces in their arrangements for piano and string quintet. A rather pointless excercise, I thought. I couldn´t be more wrong! This is surely the disc that I have had most pleasure from during the last six months, it is a delight from ... more
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Haydn Variations - Janowski          (16 of 17 found this review helpful)
  August 21, 2007

Symphony no 1 timings: Janowski, 15.13, 8.31, 4.30, 16.13. Bychkov, 17.19, 8.46, 5.45, 18.21 (repeats are the same) As you can see fom the above this is a swift performance and right from the outset there is a sense of haste. The orchestral sound is great, big and beefy with very deep and forward ... more
Seascapes - Sharon Bezaly        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  May 8, 2007

If you have heard Debussy´s La Mer played by the great orchestras of the world, why would anyone want to hear it played by the Singapore Symphony? I had serious doubts about this SACD, but it took only a few minutes and I was completely won over. This is a marvellous disc and even though I prefer ... more

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