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Strauss, Richard: Delicate Strauss - Utkin          (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  October 1, 2009

We've been treated to several fine sacd recordings of the big, bold, brassy Strauss of the tone poems. This disc, aptly titled "Delicate Strauss" couldn't be more different. The most significant work is the oboe concerto of 1945. Written, the story goes, for John de Lancie, an American GI and ... more
Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 4 - Kreizberg          (11 of 12 found this review helpful)
  October 17, 2008

Imagine that you were living in Vienna in 1933 and that your child had recently died. Try to conjure up the feelings associated with an overwhelming personal loss amidst the daily trials of a disintegrating culture. How could you possibly express even a part of your suffering? For Franz Schmidt the ... more
Puccini: La Bohème - Spano          (16 of 16 found this review helpful)
  September 26, 2008

What does one say about a Boheme with no superstars? How about Bravo?!!! It's true there isn't a Freni, Moffo, or Scotto, a Bjorling, Carreras or Pavarotti in earshot. Not even a Georghiu or Alagna. The odds are that unless you are a real opera maven you've heard of no one in the cast of this ... more
Bach: Cantatas Vol. 38 - Suzuki        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  September 20, 2008

If you don't already know BWV 52 you may be startled, upon hitting play, to discover something that sounds like it's on the wrong disc. No, it's not the Brandenburg concerto #1, but this introductory Sinfonia is based on an earlier version of music that ended up in that famous piece. After that ... more
Hindson, Corigliano, Liszt - Lara St. John        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  August 10, 2008

Lara St. John's recordings seem to produce as much comment on her physical attributes and the marketing of same as the music and performances. For those who are bothered by such things I'm happy to report that there is less of that element here than on earlier releases. Which is not to say that the ... more

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