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Haydn: 9 Piano Trios - Beaux Arts Trio        (11 of 12 found this review helpful)
  May 17, 2009

This 2-disc set has been a splendid double surprise for me. The 9 Piano Trios included here are: Piano Trio in F, Hob XV:2 Piano Trio in B flat, Hob XV:8 Piano Trio in F, Hob XV:6 Piano Trio in G, Hob XV:5 Piano Trio in E flat, Hob XV:10 Piano Trio in D, Hob XV:7 Piano Trio in A, Hob XV:9 Piano ... more
Britten: War Requiem - Masur      (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
  April 27, 2009

I think this is a fabulous performance and a fabulous SACD, recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall in May 2005, with a stellar cast including baritone Gerald Finley. Resonant, splendid, exciting and inspiring. As it is live, there is some minor audience coughing thrown in the quieter moments of ... more
Britten: Frank Bridge Variations etc. - Netherlands Chamber Orchestra          (6 of 15 found this review helpful)
  April 26, 2009

Unfortunately, I don't feel that this SACD really performs on any level. Short version: I find the performances to be uninspired, with poor ensemble work, and the sound is distant rather than crisp. Not recommended. Long version: This disc combines 3 works by 3 different composers: * Britten's ... more
Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos - Stern      (9 of 10 found this review helpful)
  April 21, 2009

I normally prefer to purchase SACDs recorded post-2000 in hi-rez. This is a 1958 recording, converted from the original analog tapes to SACD. I wasn't expecting fireworks when I purchased this, ... but what an absolute gem this is! The sound quality is just unbelievably good - warm, lush, natural, ... more
Homilius: Cantatas III        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  March 24, 2009

As other reviews have noted, this is the world premiere recording of the Passion Cantata 'Ein Lämmlein geht und trägt die Schuld' by Gottfried August Homilius of Saxony (1714-1785). This is the first I have heard of Herr Homilius, and a splendid and delightful find it is too. In style and timbre, ... more

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