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  brenda pitts
  near Burnley, Lancashire, U.K.

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Mozart: Piano Concertos (complete)        (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  July 16, 2005

I am penning this to offer an alternate reponse to this set than those of zany and daland, who I think have been far too harsh in their scores. I agree with them about some things. The sound does vary, with some concertso having a brighter top end than others and some being more reverberant and ... more
Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 3 - Combattimento Consort Amsterdam          (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  July 12, 2005

This is an excellent disc that it would be hard not to enjoy. The Concerti are some of Handel's most varied, if not always "deepest" works. Instrumental combinations change for every concerto, though with oboe nearly always prominent, along with violin and organ, and Handel varies the number and ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 88, 99 - Sir Colin Davis        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  June 10, 2005

I endorse all of Castor's comments. The Haydn performances are warm and affectionate in the "best" sixties style and the sound in both stereo and m/c is excellent. However, the Beethoven is a very old fashioned performance, in which Davis gives us a ready-made full-blown romantic composer. There is ... more
Elgar: Enigma Variations - RPO/Menuhin        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  June 2, 2005

A big disappointment. Although my fav. Enigmas are Barbirolli (& Halle) and Andrew Davis, I have a soft spot for Menuhin's other Enigma recording, also with the RPO but on Philips, coupled with a fine cello concerto (with J Lloyd-Webber). This lacks the panache and sweep of any of those other ... more
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra - RPO/Mackerras        (10 of 14 found this review helpful)
  April 14, 2005

First off, I have to confess to being less of a Strauss-ophile than some of you guys, so I can only make one or two comparisons here. This is a decent disc for 5 Euros, but isn’t of the first rank. All three pieces are Strauss in episodic, pictorial mode, - though thankfully none are as discursive ... more

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Discussion: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 - Haitink
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Daniel, F. Dutchman and Bret are spot on. Listen to them - and yourself - instead of your "mentor". Brenda ... more
Discussion: Vladimir Godar: Mater - Bittová, Valent, Štryncl
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Many thanks Rosenk, it sounds really interesting, & I'll look out for a copy. Cheers, B ... more
Discussion: Vladimir Godar: Mater - Bittová, Valent, Štryncl
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dear RosenK, can you tell us anything about the music? B ... more