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.

Favourite Overtures

A superbly played and recorded collection, Maazel ensuring that these performances are no mere run-throughs; like or not his approach, he has a view –

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Russian Spectacular

Not Vernon Handley’s usual fare, but that’s the danger of typecasting. These innately musical accounts of popular Russian scores are neither Technicolor productions nor showpiece

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Saint-Saëns

A winning collection of Saint-Saëns favourites – Danse macabre is animated and spooky, the Carnival – ‘The Swan’ and other animals – is vividly characterised

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Tchaikovsky Orchestral Suites

Tchaikovsky’s delectable Suite No.3, its finale – the marvellous Theme and Variations (often played separately) – offering a microcosm of the composer’s genius, is crammed-full

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Petrushka & The Miraculous Mandarin

A hard-edged account appropriate to Stravinsky’s clear-sighted revision, Dohnányi presenting a graphic and lucid realisation rather than a fairy-tale narrative. The lurid story that Bartók’s

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The Firebird

With reproduction of vividness and depth, Dohnányi’s painstaking conducing combined with the VPO’s colourful, expressive, lucid-textured, rich-toned and dramatic playing makes for a very recommendable,

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Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony

An ardent and impulsive account of the now-so-popular Second Symphony finds Paul Kletzki’s meticulousness melding seamlessly into his Slavic projection of Rachmaninov’s darkly passionate score,

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Sir Hubert Parry

He of “Jerusalem”, Parry (1848-1918) can be heard as being second in line to Brahms. Yet Parry has his own distinction; witness the winsome and

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Otto Klemperer

Otto Klemperer (1885-1973) was a giant among conductors; his unvarnished and trenchant performances have easily stood the test of time. In this collection of string-orchestra

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Valentina Igoshina

Russian pianist and prize-winner Valentina Igoshina (born 1978) makes her Warner Classics debut with two oft-recorded masterpieces. She impresses with her poise, sensitivity and vitality.

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