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Chopin: Piano Works Vol. 1 - Jean-Marc Luisada          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  April 6, 2010

Jean-Marc Luisada seems to have managed to turn a promising start into a career somewhat off the beaten path. Though he is known in France and Japan, mention of him elsewhere often provokes the question, "who?" This is a great shame, because Luisada is one of the great secrets in the modern world of ... more
Gewandhaus-Quartett in Concert        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  December 17, 2008

I hesitated to write a review in part because I really didn't feel the urge to listen to the Trout Quintet with quite the care necessary for a review. Let me get those comments out of the way quickly. I've only listened to it once--and that while enjoying a bottle of wine with my wife. It made for ... more
Berlioz: Harold in Italy, Overtures - Munch        (11 of 13 found this review helpful)
  July 4, 2007

This version was the one with which I "learned" the piece, but for me the Bernstein with William Lincer is the only one that treats the viola as an obligatto (sp?) "wanderer" such as Berlioz asks for. That version apparantly has Lincer sitting at his regular spot in the first desk of violas and he ... more
Schumann: Piano Works - Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy          (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  July 2, 2007

My first encounter with Schmitt-Leonardy was his rather respectable account of the Brahms Handel Variations. But frankly I bought this disc because it was was cheap and it reduced my shipping fees in an order from Japan. As it turns out, it was the most exciting disc of the purchase (although I ... more
Schumann: Romanesque - Vladimir Tropp        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  June 19, 2007

I've owned this disc for at least a couple of years now. And since a) there are no other reviews, and b) it is one of those few discs that repeatedly get pulled off my shelf, I felt the time was right to give it a plug. Tropp is a product of the Gnessin Institute which has produced some fine ... more

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