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Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, Souvenir de Florence - Boni          (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  May 9, 2004

A really nice disc. I was new to these two pieces when I got the disc, but that's not true any more. I usually prefer the full orchestra sound, but these two pieces are written for string orchestra. They are both very well played by Maestro Boni's orchestra. And the sound is just to die for! I don't ... more
  May 4, 2004

A very new, just last week, release from Fantasy. This is thoroughly enjoyable from beginning to end. The first cut, Nuages, is a wonderful Django Reinhart tune played so well by the ensemble and Stephane Grappelli in particular. All the other 5 tunes are nearly as good and enjoyable. This was a ... more
Haydn: Symphony Nos. 22, 44 & 64 - Boni          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  May 3, 2004

A thoroughly delightful disc of music, a selection of early-mid Haydn symphonies. They are well played by maestro Boni and the Concertgebouw players. I enjoyed each piece equally. The sound is the usual Pentatone excellence. One can only hope for more Haydn from this excellent combination.
Festa: La Spagna - Paul van Nevel        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  April 30, 2004

This is a wonderful disc of contrapuntal renaissance music. Costanzo Festa wrote 125 variations on a 37 note "melody", for lack of a better word. This is a recording of 32 of those. They are well played by the Huelgas Ensemble in a nice program that never seems to repeat and always sounds fresh and ... more
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra etc. - Zoltan Kocsis        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  April 26, 2004

Hats off to Hungaroton on their first sacd release. And it's a winner as well. I enjoyed the performance of the Concerto for Orchestra. It compared favorably with the Munch Living Stereo 1955 recording in my collection. The fillins were very good as well. I especially enjoyed the Dance Suites, and ... more

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