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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4 - Davis          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  March 29, 2010

Colin Davis easily has the sweep and grandeur of these works under his fingertips. An excellent program of Sibelius music! I have been a big fan of Sibelius for a while now and consider his symphonies on par with those of Mahler and Bruckner. These are exciting performances with Davis bringing ... more
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - Ponti          (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  March 25, 2010

Some may quibble about this disc, but overall it is an exciting and unique performance of this warhorse. I find Carlo's approach to be a fresh and new and takes Mussorgsky masterpiece in a new direction. I get a sense of delaying and holding back for the big climaxes at the end. Also, listen for ... more
Bach: Sonatas & Partitas - Julia Fischer          (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  May 25, 2008

At the age of 21, Julia Fischer decided to record these works for solo violin. This is nothing short of a triumph! I have never been an ardent fan of the music of Bach. I have always favored composers like Debussy, Ravel, Mahler, Sibelius and Wagner much more. This is not to say that Bach's music ... more
Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 5 - Fischer, Kreizberg          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  April 25, 2008

Julia Fischer proves she is an amazing Mozartean soloist in this recording of Mozart's Violin Concertos 1, 2 & 5, with Yakov Kreizberg conducting the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra. This is the second disc Julia Fischer has made with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Yakov Kreizberg playing ... more
Puccini: La Boheme - Leinsdorf        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  April 21, 2008

This recording of La Boheme features the incredible singing of Anna Moffo alongside a wonderful cast. The problems with this recording lies in the hands of its maestro. This was my introduction to La Boheme, having only borrowed a damaged VHS tape from my local Library several years ago. There is ... more

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