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Brahms: The 4 Symphonies - Masur        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  November 18, 2013

The worst way of listening to this set is to start with the Symphony 1 on disc one. Instead, skip directly to disc three, and there you'll hear the finest performance of the set, Symphony 3. It's great from beginning to end, a first movement that's immediately powerful and heroic with nothing held ... more
Mozart: Clarinet concerto etc - Fröst        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  October 17, 2013

Second time's a charm for Mr. Frost and the Mozart clarinet concerto. This time the producer/engineer placed the microphones farther from the musicians, and so we hear a lot more of the venue instead of the up-close studioesque perspective we got in Frost's first 2002 go-round. Mr. Frost is not as ... more
Both Sides, Now - Håkan Hardenberger        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  June 17, 2012

You know you're in for a mopefest when the most upbeat cut on a disc is the Waltz and Love Theme from "The Godfather." Let me set the scene: golden early evening sunlight plays through forest of pine, blackberry tangles, and scotch broom; my day's work is done, and I'm melting deep into my ... more
Romantic Music for Brass - Center City Brass Quintet        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  March 7, 2010

This is my first encounter with the music of Russian composer Viktor Ewald, and it won’t be my last. His Brass Quintet No. 3 is quite amusing. The first movement is a breezy and cheerful divertimento, and sounds like the brass quintet Schumann never wrote (echoes of his Second Symphony near the ... more
Brandt, Böhme: Music for Trumpet - Wolfgang Bauer, Oliver Triendl        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  March 7, 2010

Wow, what a boring looking disc. MDG sure has a knack for cloaking superb productions beneath the most soporific covers. This hour-long recital is split pretty evenly between the music of Willy Brandt and Oskar Bohme, both born about 1870. All of this music was written circa 1900, but sounds about ... more

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