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Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 - Manze          (15 of 17 found this review helpful)
  April 22, 2008

The first minute of the symphony immediately distinguishes this recording; at once separating it from most others with a clarity of vision and understanding that continues to the symphony’s end. The famous opening two strokes of the symphony are very precise and sharp, incisively commanding ... more
Schubert: String Quartets Vol. III - Mandelring Quartett        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 7, 2007

The fascinating and long first movement allegro of this, Schubert’s last string quartet, was probably the only part to be performed in his lifetime, and then only at a private concert. The first known public performance of the entire quartet is not thought to have taken place until more than twenty ... more
Bach: Complete Organ Music - Hans Fagius      (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  June 16, 2007

This complete collection of Bach’s organ music is an enjoyable and, considering its extremely low price, a recommendable purchase. The recordings were made in the years 1983 to 1989 with the addition of the Art of Fugue recorded in 1999, the transfer to SACD is generally very successful and results ... more
Schubert: String Quartets Vol. II - Mandelring Quartett        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  June 12, 2007

A truly delightful performance by the Mandelring Quartet, they give a refined and civilised account of the principal quartet D804 where repeated hearings certainly increase ones pleasure and understanding of the music. Unlike some accounts given by other quartets, the Mandelrings do not over ... more
Shostakovich: Complete String Quartets Vol. 2 - Mandelring Quartett        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  May 1, 2007

This recording of the 8th quartet might receive some contrasting views. First of all it sounds beautiful, an adjective I have never applied before to the 8th, terms like intensity, discord, pain, emptiness, agitatation, nervousness, tension, overwrought, even horror might be used but never beauty ... more

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