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Schumann: Piano Concerto - Zacharias        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  February 9, 2007

After listening to this disc several times in the last couple of months I have to conclude that none of the works on the disc are performed to a sufficiently high standard as to be recommendable. The performance of each work is a curate's egg, take the opus 134, the Introduction is excellent, light ... more
Couperin: Leçons de ténèbres - La Sfera Armoniosa        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  June 8, 2006

This is an excellent disc, the music is very fine and the performance superb, and the recording still very good, despite the loss of the original DSD master (see the forum discussion about this disc for details concerning the loss of the DSD master). The Three Lecons of Couperin are separated on ... more
Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 3-5 - Manze          (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  March 22, 2006

On first listening to this disc I was dismayed by the style and performance of Manze and the English Concert Orchestra. The concertos are given in a plain and very direct manner, with some particularly straight violin playing: it is very different from other period instrument performances that I am ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Fischer          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  March 5, 2006

Another fine performance from the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Fischer, the key characteristics of this version of Mahler 6 are momentum and warmth. The orchestra may not have the precision of others like the Berlin Philharmonic but they are natural players of Mahler and play with feeling. There ... more
Handel: Arias - Lorraine Hunt Lieberson          (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  February 28, 2006

This is one of the great performances of the arias of Irene from Handel's Theodora - I read in a music magazine or on a web site that Harry Bicket, the conductor on this disc, arranged this recording in a rush with Avie just to capture this performance of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson - thank goodness he ... more

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