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Wagner: Lohengrin - Janowski        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  July 17, 2012

I partly agree with the review above, but there is a major caveat. I think that it was wrong to cast Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role even though he has sung the role in Bayreuth and elsewhere. Vogt, who is currently hailed as a new Heldentenor, has a bright and loud voice that can cut through ... more
Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-41 - Mackerras        (15 of 32 found this review helpful)
  September 18, 2009

It is difficult to assess this set of discs fairly because the recording quality is simply awful. After repeated listening my overall judgement has not changed. The metallic, unpleasant sound of the violins is worse than on any redbook CD. Combined with a lack of bass (and warmth), this creates a ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 - Enoch zu Guttenberg        (14 of 15 found this review helpful)
  December 2, 2007

First-class playing from an orchestra that was established only ten years ago. The reason is that it functions like the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. Its members are drawn from top ensembles across Germany, including the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics. The chief conductor, Enoch zu Guttenberg, ... more
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 - Ashkenazy          (10 of 12 found this review helpful)
  April 29, 2007

A first-class recording. I have always admired Ashkenazy as an interpreter of Sibelius although his approach may be less idiomatic than that of other conductors (e.g. Davis or Berglund). He emphasizes the warmth and colour of these scores rather than the chilling and enigmatic quality associated ... more
Volodos Plays Liszt        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  March 11, 2007

Sonically this Liszt recital is in a class of its own. It is difficult to think of a recording that captures the piano sound more faithfully or with more dynamic graduations. The sound engineer, Friedemann Engelbracht, noted in a full-page interview with the German classical music magazine "Rondo" ... more

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