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Sibelius: Symphony No. 4 - Sanderling        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  February 1, 2005

At the present time, this is the only Sibelius Fourth on sacd. This Avex Classics East German reissue by Kurt Sanderling is a fine rendition of this symphony. The sound here is quite good as well. And the price for this jsacd makes it a relative bargain compared to the must higher usual price for ... more
Mozart: The "Haydn" String Quartets - Quartetto Classico        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  February 1, 2005

I purchased this set of the Quartets dedicated to Haydn thinking that this was another one of the East German reissues by Avex Classics. The Avex reissue of early Mozart Quartets I found to be quite good, and I expected much the same here. However much to my surprise when I received the set I ... more
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Curzon        (6 of 9 found this review helpful)
  February 1, 2005

This is a fine performance here of the First Brahms Piano Concerto by Clifford Curzon and George Szell. This was one of the Decca Legends series and has been a Gramophone Recommended Recording for a long time. I looked forward to getting this disc given it's stellar reputation. And the performance ... more
Vivaldi: Concerti da Camera - Musica Antiqua Köln        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  February 1, 2005

Oh what a delight this disc is of flute and recorder concertos and sonatas by Vivaldi, Mancini, and Barbella. The recording tends to highlight the soloistís and leave the continuo players a bit in the background, but it seems to come out quite well. The sound of this Arkiv recording is a quite good, ... more
Corelli: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - New Dutch Academy/Murphy          (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  January 5, 2005

Here's a nice selection of the Corelli Op.6 by Simon Murphy and his New Dutch Academy. One distinguishing thing about the music here is a heavy basso continuo. It adds a different touch to the sound of the music, and I rather enjoyed this. This is another fine effort from the Pentatone team, and ... more

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