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Janacek: Orchestral Works - Volkov        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  January 28, 2010

Janacek lies in main focus from Czech/Moravian composers for many years now. The Eternal Gospel is based on a Poem by Jarslav Vrchlicky and is directly linked to Joachim da Fiore (+1212) vision/prophecy, which pushes forward the Apocalypse by St. John from the Bible a bit. The cantata is sung in ... more
Shostakovich/Shchedrin: Piano Concertos - Marc-André Hamelin        (7 of 18 found this review helpful)
  January 26, 2010

Sorry again to spoil the party of the previous reviewers. This disc was a big disappointment for me with the regard of performance..... The 2 piano concertos by Shostakovich belongs amongst my most beloved classical works and I know each of them by heart. The absolute performance of both of them ... more
Feld: Viola Concerto - Prazak Quartet        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  October 14, 2009

These rare recordings of Jindrich Feld's work was full of surprises for me. First of all I must say that all the studio recordings are performed marveloussly and precisely. String Quartet # 4 dated from 1965 is one of the best representatives of the mid-sixties in Czechoslovakian artistic ... more
Arvo Pärt: Da Pacem - Hillier          (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  August 21, 2009

Arvo Pärt belongs amongst my most beloved composers from Baltic states. Hilliard ensembe is always a sort of guarantee of highly proffesional work. Check ECM label for others releases by Arvo Pärt! This unique set combines composer's new and older material. Unlike with Johannes Passion by the same ... more
Dead Can Dance: Spiritchaser        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  August 19, 2009

I disagree with statements like "their last - their weakest" one cannot excpect another "Realm of the Dying Sun" here. DCD evolved musically and the other 3 tracks that has been done during or past recrding sessions of Spriritchaser (Sambatiki, Lotus Eaters and Bylar) proved that DCD was still ... more

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