Soundbite 60 Reviews

Soundbite 60 Reviews

Here we write a short précis of a CD or DVD giving you a concise summary in a sixty-word soundbite.

Radu Lupu Plays Mozart

Weighty and suave, the English Chamber Orchestra cues delightfully Radu Lupu’s first entry in the ‘Elvira Madigan’ concerto (K467). Lupu’s playing is wonderfully refined, shapely,

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Alfred Cortot Encores

Popular repertoire from a pianist of the past: Cortot’s individual manner – both showman and searcher – is redolent of a thankfully-preserved-on-recordings era and which

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Barbirolli Conducts British Music

Typically eloquent and considered Barbirolli performances distinguished by a vivid communicative glow, these Romantic and illustrative pieces have many picturesque qualities that are offset by

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Solti Conducts Wagner

Solti leads powerhouse performances – a truly turbulent account of “The Flying Dutchman” overture – interlaced with logic, rigorous preparation and no small measure of

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Offenbach Operettas

Delightfully frothy music, irrepressibly witty and charming, and with a melodic contour that always reaches out to the listener. These excerpts are well-chosen, all the

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Mozart Overtures

Overtures to 12 Mozart operas – showing his range – played with affection and shape in recorded sound that is vivid and tangible. Menuhin’s conducting

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Brahms’s Serenades

These are performances of depth and charm. Masur characterises each movement in the First Serenade with obvious affection, the weight of the substantial Adagio nicely

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Bruckner 2 & Weber

This is fine Bruckner, with the VPO in top form and Stein striking just the right balance between narrative flow and architectonics. Such is the

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The Sleeping Beauty

Abridged, yes, but two hours is a goodly feast. George Weldon (1906-63), who studied with Sargent and assisted Barbirolli, leads an enjoyable, affectionate performance, played

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Tennstedt’s Bruckner 4 & 8

A good idea to couple Tennstedt’s ‘only’ Bruckner for EMI. In early (but good) digital sound, Tennstedt and two splendid orchestras are vividly captured; Tennstedt’s

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