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Dvorak: Requiem - Wit      (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  April 29, 2015

This is one of those special pieces that gets better with every listen. And you really 'get your money's worth', since it's long, chock-full of absorbing episodes that each have interesting instrumental / vocal combinations. It's hard to believe after listening again tonight probably for the tenth ... more
Elgar: Symphony No. 2 - Oramo        (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  November 11, 2014

Some composers I discover and am immediately drawn to, and others I avoid until one day deciding to make an effort to get to know them better, sometimes by force (self-force). Elgar falls in the latter category. I knew and enjoyed the Enigma Variations when I was in college, but after that I avoided ... more
Beethoven, Mozart: Piano Concertos - Sudbin, Vänskä        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  March 4, 2014

This is a desert island disc. Instead of the kind of fussy masterwork preservation we can find on so many previous recordings, every moment of the music is vividly alive, to the last second of the album. Sudbin takes risks on more than one level. His cadenzas for the Mozart concerto stretch way ... more
French Trumpet Concertos        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 15, 2013

Here's one of those albums that even hard-core classical fans might tend to overlook. French trumpet stuff. But it being from BIS and being multichannel got my attention, and then it has pieces by Jolivet, who wrote one of my favorite things, a wind quintet piece you can find on on ... more
Danses et Divertissements - Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 14, 2013

Somehow I wandered into the area of wind quintet music very early in my exploration of classical music, and I still count certain wind quintet pieces among my very favorite music ever. Case in point: the "Sérénade pour quintette à vent avec hautbois principal" by Jolivet. I was in the record store ... more

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