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Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - Florilegium          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  July 18, 2010

This is a welcome opportunity to hear something of the output of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736); yes, died at age 26 years. The feature piece is Stabat Mater (Latin for "The sorrowful mother") which is based on a 13th century text in the form of a meditation on the sufferings of Mary as she ... more
American Spectrum - Llewellyn        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  May 9, 2009

What a rewarding and entertaining program this is, entertaining in the sense of exciting the senses and imagination while in no sense precluding the possibility of a more intellectual engagement with these compositions. We might expect modern American music to be parochially new world and bold, even ... more
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 - Kreizberg          (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  March 4, 2009

I felt inspired to bring this disc to the fore once again. It is absolutely amazing. If you love Shostakovich or feel tempted to try his symphonies then I am compelled to recommend this disc to you. The 5th is most comprehensive and accessible, while the 9th is very entertaining. The coupling is ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Fischer          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  March 4, 2009

So this is how good recorded music can sound on a home system! How far we have come following Edison's invention! Considering the huge scale of this work, this must surely be a state-of-the-art production. The thought crossed my mind that listening to this was better than attending a live concert. ... more
Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - Arte dei Suonatori        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  November 26, 2008

What a delicious experience this set is. The music must rate with Handel's best, the performance is first class and the recording is of a very high standard. I find myself returning to these discs over and over for a refreshing and entertaining experience; I'm confident that any lover of baroque ... more

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