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.

Spirit of Scotland

Hamish MacCunn’s splendid overture backed BBC-Television’s “Sutherland’s Law”. Gibson’s conducting of Waverley has terrific verve and he makes a strong case for Rob Roy. The

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Bruckner & Schmidt Chamber Music

Composers of large-scale symphonies here writing expansive chamber music. Bruckner’s lofty String Quintet centres on an extended and wonderfully rapt Adagio; this performance of the

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The Two Pigeons

A feel-good ballet score (first danced to in 1886) that is full of delightfully lyrical tunes, foot-tapping rhythms and colourful orchestration. André Messager (1853-1929) composed

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Scandinavian Serenade

The bustling, eloquent Holberg Suite and heartfelt ‘The Last Spring’ – a ‘100 best tunes’ that has passed into popular consciousness (tenderly espoused here) –

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Liszt Piano Concertos

These are suave, polished accounts of the piano concertos, soloist and orchestra making the most of Liszt’s quasi-operatic writing by highlighting the motif-as-hero against a

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Pizzetti, Respighi & Rota

Three Italian composers of the last century, the Pizzetti items on CD for the first time: brightly scored, exotic music of wide appeal, rather filmic

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