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Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) - Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Cesar FRANCK (1822-1890) - Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major - Cello transcription - Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918) - Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor - Frederic CHOPIN (1810-1849) - Polonaise brillante Op 3 Mischa Maisky, cello - Martha Argerich, piano - Recorded at a concert in Kyoto, Japan November 2000 DG 471 346-2 [79.48] [JW] [TB]

I have seldom heard a disc of such numbing and predictable self-indulgence as this miserable example.[JW]
With artists such as these, there are many insights into the music, but none of these performances is a first choice recommendation. [TB] … see Full Review

CHOPIN Frédéric Polonaise-fantaisie in A flat, op. 61, Ballade no. 1 in G minor, op. 23 (live 1982), Nocturnes in E flat, op. 9/2 and C sharp minor, op., 27/1 (studio 1957), Barcarolle, op. 60, Etudes in C sharp minor, op. 25/7 and G flat, op. 10/5 (live 1979-80), Nocturnes in B, op. 9/3 and F, op. 15/1 (studio 1957), Ballade no. 4 in F minor, op. 52, Valse in A flat, op. 69/1 (live 1981) Vladimir Horowitz (pianoforte) Locations not given, dates as above BMG RCA RED SEAL 7432168008 2 [73.34] [CH]

Not all of this is the best Horowitz, but if you haven’t got these performances of the Barcarolle and the 4th Ballade you should get them without delay. …. See Full Listing

Frederic CHOPIN Preludes, Impromptus, Waltzes, Ballades, Scherzos, Nocturnes, Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Claudio Arrau (piano )London Philharmonic Orchestra/Eliahu Inbal (conductor) PHILIPS 468 391-2 7CDs [455.36] [CF]

Piano playing of the finest calibre from one of the most universally acclaimed pianists of the last century. see Full Review

Aaron COPLAND (1900-1990) Appalachian Spring – Suite (1944) Lincoln Portrait (1942) Howard HANSON (1896-1981) Symphony No. 3 (1938) Melvyn Douglas (narrator - Lincoln) Boston SO/Serge Koussevitzky rec Symphony Hall, Boston: 31 Oct 1945 (Appalachian); 20 Mar 1940 (Hanson); 2 Feb 1946 (Lincoln) mono ADD DUTTON LABORATORIES ESSENTIAL ARCHIVE CDEA5021 [73.30] Superbudget

These historic recordings works are linked by wartime and the premonition of war. Do not deny yourself the pleasure of this deeply felt music making. The sound quality is perfectly satisfactory and is no barrier to enjoyment. ...see Full Review

Frederic Hymen COWEN (1852-1935) The Butterfly's Ball, overture Indian Rhapsody, Symphony No. 3 in C Minor Scandinavian Czechoslovakian State Philharmonic Orchetsra/Adrian Leaper Rec. House of Arts, Kosice, Czech Republic, 1989 MARCO POLO 8.223273 [67.14] [RW]

This CD is a most enjoyable find and confirms that Cowen is worth investigating further. … see Full Review

Gaetano DONIZETTI (1842-1912) La Figlia Del Reggimento Sung in Italian First performance 11 February 1840, Paris Maria - Lina Pagliughi (soprano) La Marchesa di Berckenfield - Risa Corsi (mezzo soprano) Tonio - Cesare Valletti (tenor) Sulpizio - Sesto Bruscantini (bass) Ortensio - Eraldo Coda (bass) Orchestra Lirica e Coro di Milano della RAI Mario Rossi (conductor) Recorded in Milan on 27 August, 1950 WARNER FONIT 8573 87493-2 2CDs [CF]

Pagliughi’s coloratura shines. Valletti has the lightness of vocal touch to match her, while Bruscantini's diction is the best of the lot. Rossi directs an enthusiastic orchestra and chorus. A charming opera. … see Full Review

Jacques DUPHLY (1715-1789) Pieces de Clavecin Chaconne (3ème livre) La Pothoüin. Rondeau (4ème livre) La de la Tour (3ème livre) Menuets (3ème livre) La de Belombre (3ème livre) La du Buq (4ème livre) La Millettina (1er livre) Allemande (1er livre) Médée (3ème livre) La Forqueray (3ème livre) La de Vaucanson (4ème livre) La Tribolet (1er livre) Cazamajor (1er livre) La de Villeneuve (3ème livre) La Lanza (2ème livre) Mitzi Meyersson, harpsichord - Rec.: January 2001 Kammermusiksaal, Friedenau. MDG 605 1068-2 [62.27] [KM]

if it weren’t for the over-reverberation on the recording, would undoubtedly be one of the best discs of Duphly’s work. … see Full Review

Antonín DVORAK (1841-1904) Cello Concerto in B minor, Opus 104
Sir Edward ELGAR (1857-1934)
Cello Concerto in E minor, Opus 85 Robert Cohen (cello) London Philharmonic Orchestra Zdenek Macal (Dvorak), Norman Del Mar (Elgar) Rec 23-24 April 1981, Watford Town Hall (Dvorak), 10-11 Jan 1980, Walthamstow Assembly Hall (Elgar) CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE CFP CD 5 74879 2 [70.29] [TB]

Performances to reckon with, and at bargain price it is nothing if not competitive....see Full Review

Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Concerto for Cello & Orchestra in B Minor, Op.104 (1895): Allegro; Adagio ma non troppo; Finale: Allegro moderato Klid (Silent Woods),From the Bohemian Forests, No.5 Op.68 (1884; Orch. version 1892) Victor HERBERT (1859-1924) Concerto No.2 for Cello & Orchestra in E Minor, Op.30 (1894): Allegro impetuoso; Lento –Andante tranquillo; Finale: Allegro James Kreger (cello), Philharmonia Orchestra/Djong Victorin Yu Rec. Fairfield Hall, Croydon, London, 2001 GUILD GMCD 7235 [70.52] [RW]

Kreger possesses an excellent instrument and I personally favour his warmer tone. The orchestra is rich in texture and Yu's delivery is strong, with the soloist well supported. The placing of the cello is spot-on. … see Full Review

Antonín DVORÁK (1841-1904) Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95, ‘From the New World’. Peter TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-93) Fantasy Overture, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ New Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra (Tchaikovsky)/Riccardo Muti. Recorded in No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road in May 1976 and March 1977 (Tchaikovsky). [ADD] EMI Encore CDE5 74961-2 [61.15] [CC]

A marvellous bargain. Muti and EMI capture the ferocity of the string’s bite at the opening of the last movement and demonstrate an admirable sense of perspective. Muti brings an Italianate passion to Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet. … see Full Review

DVORAK: Serenade for strings in E ELGAR: Serenade for strings in E minor TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade for strings in C Orchestre Bernard Calmel Recorded in May 1998 PAVANE ADW 7411 [68.08] [CA]

Monsieur Calmel conducts his small group of 17 string-players in pleasing performances of three very popular works. … see Full Review

Antonin DVORAK (1841-1904) Music for Violin and Piano Volume 2 Ballad in D Minor Op 15 No 1 Slavonic Dance in G Minor Op 46 No 2 (arr Kreisler) Slavonic Dance in E Minor Op 72 No 10 (arr Kreisler) Slavonic Dance in G Major Op 72 No 16 (arr Kreisler) Silent Woods Op 68 No 5 Mazurek in E Minor Op 49 Nocturne in B Major Op 40 Humoresque Op 101 No 7 Songs my mother taught me Op 55 No 4 (arr Kreisler) Capriccio (Rondo di Concerto) B81 Reverie Op 85 No 6 (arr Klengel) Qian Zhou (violin) Edmund Battersby (piano) Recorded Potton Hall Suffolk May 1999 NAXOS 8.554730 [54.58] [JW]

Convincingly played miscellaneous recital with committed performances and in a reasonable acoustic … see Full Listing

Michael FINNISSY (born 1946) Piano Concerto No.6 (1980/1) Snowdrift (1972) Verdi Transcriptions : Books 1 & 2 (1972/88, rev. 1995) To & Fro (1978, rev. 1995) Piano Concerto No.4 (1978, rev. 1996) Ian Pace (piano) Recorded: Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, February 1998 and April 2000; Djanogly Hall, University of Nottingham, July 1998 and August 1998 METIER MSV CD92027 [76:02 + 70:49] [HC]

Ian Pace, who has a long association with Finnissy’s piano music, is a dedicated and ideal performer of these complex and taxing pieces. Finnissy exploits the entire range of the keyboard to the full, often with stunning results. … see Full Review

Antoine FORQUERAY (1671-1745) Pièces de Clavecin Suite no. 1 in D minor, Suite no. 2 in G major, Suite no. 3 in D major, Suite no. 4 in G minor, Suite no. 5 in C minor Christophe Rousset, harpsichord Rec: 6-9 September 1999, Cité de la musique, Paris. DECCA 466 976-2 2CD [148.11] [KM]

This is a sterile recording, with little life. While technically interesting, musically it is little more than a hint of what might have been. … see Full Review

Christopher FOX (b. 1955) INNER Straight Lines in broken times³ (1994) chant suspendu (1998) Generic Compositions #3, #4 and #5 (1991-2001) inner (1999) Anton Lukoszevieze-cello Recorded in The Early Music Centre, York, 20-21 April 2001 DDD METIER MSV CD92059 [72:42] [CT]

A fascinating showcase of Christopher Fox’s music for solo cello played with consummate artistry and virtuosity by Anton Lukoszevieze. … see Full Review

César FRANCK The Great Organ Works (two discs) Disc 1 Six Pieces: Fantasia in C; Grande Pièce Symphonique; Prélude, Fugue and Variation; Pastorale; Prière; Final Disc 2 Three Pieces: Fantasia in A; Cantabile; Pièce Héroïque Three Chorals Jean-Pierre Lecaudey (organ) Recorded in the Abbey of St Ouen (Rouen, France), 2-5 September 1997 PAVANE RECORDS ADW 7401/2 [79:43+70:49] [AAS]

Lecaudey is well served by his producers – the sound is spacious yet immediate, bright and natural. I cannot recommend these discs too highly. … see Full Review

Benjamin FRANKEL (1906 – 1973) The Importance of Being Earnest (1952) The Curse of the Werewolf: Pastoral (1961) The Night of the Iguana (1964) Trottie True (1949) The Years Between: Lullaby (1946) Footsteps in the Fog (1955) Queensland Symphony Orchestra; Werner Andrea Albert Recorded : ABC Studio 420, Brisbane, October-November 2000 CPO 999 809-2 [67:13] [HC]

A most welcome sequel to the superb Battle of the Bulge, again well played, well recorded and well documented, warmly recommended. Not for film bluffs only. … see Full Review

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Keyboard Music Colin Booth Rec: September 1999, Dillington House, Somerset (harpsichord); October 2000, Easton Village Hall, Somerset. SOUNDBOARD SBCD 201 [76.19]

Booth's fine performances show excellent command of variety of touch. A fine selection of works. The originality of using a small organ, and of presenting both organ and harpsichord performances, is an excellent choice, and makes for an attractive listening experience....see Full Review

Johann Jakob FROBERGER (1616-1667) Works for Clavichord Thurston Dart, clavichord Rec: 1954. ISMERON JMSCD 5 [65.44]

An excellent recording, commendable for the performance, the music and the instrument. If you do not know Froberger’s music, this is a fine way to discover it. If you do, you owe it to yourself to hear it on the clavichord. .. see Full Listing

Johann Jacob FROBERGER (1616-1667): Organ Works Joseph Kelemen, Organist. Monastery Church of Klostenkirche, Mainingen im Ries, Germany Recorded: September 2000 at the Monastery Church of Klostenkirche in Mainingen im Ries, Germany. Organ by: Johann Martin Baumeister (1734-1737)-Restored by Steinmeyer Company, Oettingen (1988-1990). ARTE NOVA 74321 85322 2 [64.47] Superbudget [ChA]

Nice presentation of Froberger’s works by Kelemen at a historical instrument. A recording that deserves a warm welcome. … see Full Review

GABRIELI IN VENICE Giovanni GABRIELI (c.1553/56-1612) Canzon Duodecimi Toni a 10 Canzon Septimi Octavi Toni a 12 Sonata Pian’e Forte Canzon Seconda a 4 Lodovico VIADANA (C.1560-1627) Sinfonia "La Bergamasca" Biagio MARINI (C.1587-1663) Canzon III, Sonata in Echo Andrea GABRIELI (C.1510-1586) Aria della Battaglia (ed. Philip Pickett) Tiburtio MASSAINO (C.1550-1609) Canzon XXXIII per otto tromboni Girolamo FRESCOBALDI (1583-1643) Canzon Vigesimanona a 8, Canzon a 4 Giovanni GABRIELI Sonata XXI a 3, Canzon Septimi Toni a 8, Canzon XVI a 12, Canzon XVIII a 14 London Brass/Philip Pickett Recorded in St. Augustine’s Church, London, October 1993 APEX 0927 40823 2 DDD [61:19] [CT]

London Brass are assured but never forceful in their execution. A disc that will give much enjoyment and one to which I shall return ahead of much of the competition. ...see Full Review


George GERSHWIN (1898-1937) Rhapsody in Blue (1), Concerto in F (1), An American in Paris, Variations on "I got Rhythm" (1) Earl Wild pianoforte) (1), Boston Pops Orchestra/Arthur Fiedler Recorded 1959 (Rhapsody, American), 1961, location not given BMG RCA RED SEAL 74321 68019 2 [70.02] [CH]

A decent basic-Gershwin package for first-timers. …. See Full Listing

Edward GERMAN (1862-1936) Orchestral Works Vol. 1 Richard III Overture (1889) Theme and Six Diversions (1919) The Seasons: (1899) [Spring; Summer; Autumn; Winter] RTÉ Concert Orchestra/Andrew Penny Rec. Taney Parish Centre, Dublin, Ireland, 1994 MARCO POLO 8.223695 [65.26] [RW]

The music is well played in ideal conditions: the acoustics and recording balance are superb. Penny's handling of the Diversions is a particular delight. see Full Review

Philip GODDARD (b. 1942)
Fantasy Variations – From the Scottish Highlands Mount Everest – Summit Bid, Symphony No 5 (Magritte Gallery) PGC 3 [71.06] Golgotha to Rozabal – symphonic poem, Mandala Dance for Padmasambhava, Supplication of Compassion PGC 5 [59.38] The Beginning and also the End – choral song, Et in Arcadia Ego, Meditation on the Clear Light, Golgotha to Rozabal – symphonic poem, PGC 6 [63.49] Tears of Avalokiteshvara, Music from the Mountain waters, Orb of Vajrasattva, The Unknown PGC 7 [57.08] The Great Wilderness PGC 8 [79.07] Sunrise on Ama Dablam, Pilgrimage to Gosainkund, De Profundis Clamavi (A Prayer for the World), PGC 9 [34.07] Members of the Invisible Philharmonic Orchestra Invisible Choir Conducted by the composer via a PC
i.e. all works recorded via a MIDI sequencer program [JW]

Washes of sound are studded with bell clusters, ecstatic drive, plentiful incident. Essentially music of spiritual contemplation but busy and active. … see Full Review

Francois-Joseph GOSSEC (1734-1829) Four Symphonies Symphony in C; Brook 85 Symphony No 1 in B flat; Brook 81 Symphony in C Sinfonia periodique a piu strumenti; Brook 87 Symphony in D "La caccia"; Brook 62Orchestra de Bretagne Stefan Sanderling ecorded Rehearsal Hall, Rennes, July 2000 ASV CD DCA 1123 [66.03] [JW]

Sanderling and the small but expressive Orchestre de Bretagne are more than merely affectionate proselytisers. Recommended particularly for that Symphony in C. see Full Review

GREGORIAN CHANT Abbé Damien Poisblaud Recordings made in The Abbey of Thoronet (date of recording unspecified) PAVANE ADW 7239 [64.53] [PW]

This reviewer would never have expected to find himself in a position of saying that one of the most remarkable recordings heard in years was a disc of one man singing unaccompanied chant for over an hour. But, so it is. … see Full Review

Gregorian Chant from Canterbury Cathedral For the feast of St Thomas of Canterbury Mass for the Feast of St Thomas of Canterbury, St Dunstans Kyrie, The Office of Matins for St Thomas of Canterbury David Flood, Master of the Choristers The Lay Clerks of Canterbury Cathedral
Recordings made in the Trinity Chapel of Canterbury Cathedral; 22-24 March 1994 Metronome MET CD 1003-01 [74.00] [PWe]

A fascinating disc well worth having, if only for very late at night. … see Full Review

Edward GRIEG (1843-1907) Lyric Pieces (Selected) Håken Austbø, piano Recorded Summer 2001 REGIS RRC 1071 [c72:00] [GPJ]

Austbø is a consummate artist of profound sensitivity, who has both the imagination and the flawless technique to make the most of these exquisite masterpieces. I cant wait for more. see Full Review

Edvard GRIEG (1843-1907) Piano Concerto in A minor, op. 16 (3)
Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849) Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor, op. 11 (1), Etudes, op. 25/5, op. 10/5 (2) Dinu Lipatti (pianoforte), Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra/Otto Ackermann (1), Philharmonia Orchestra/Alceo Galliera (3)
Recorded Tonhalle, Zurich, 7 Feb. 1950 (1, 2) No. 1 Studio, Abbey Road, London, 18-19 Sep. 1947 (3) EMI CLASSICS CDZ 5 74802 2 [70.36] [CH]

Another essential historical recording. In spite of the poor sound the Chopin is quite wonderful. … see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Concerto Grossi Op 6 J S BACH (1685-1750) Orchestral suite No 1 Giovanni GABRIELI (1557-1612)
Canzon’ a dieci Heinrich SCUTZ (1585-1672) Die teutsche gemeine Litaney SWV 428 Christine Johnson, soprano Lukas Foss, continuo The Busch Chamber Players Adolf Busch Recorded Handel 1946. Remaining items from a live concert at Town Hall, New York March 1943 PEARL GEMM CDS 9296 [3 CDs: 217.31] [JW]

This set of the Op 6 Concerto Grossi is exceptionally rare. Busch’s phrasing is generally crisp, string tone is firmly focused - though never unpliant – and portamenti are restrained and, where employed, well judged. … see Full Review

Georg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759) Concerti Grossi Op 6 Boyd Neel Orchestra Boyd Neel Recorded 1936-1938 PEARL GEMM CDS 9164 [2 CDs: 159.24] [JW]

Much to savour and admire in these pioneering performances. Neel’s stalwart young soloists make a fine showing. … see Full Review


Georg Friedrich HANDEL (1685-1759) Saul HWV 53 Kölner Kammerchor - Collegium Cartusianum, Peter Neumann Rec: Live recording, June 11, 1997, Trinitatiskirche, Köln, Germany. MDG 332 0801-2 [156.12] [KM]

Peter Neumann again presents a fine recording of a Handel oratorio. While this is perhaps not one of Handel’s most interesting works, the quality of the musicians and singers is as good as it gets. … see Full Review

Georg Friedrich HANDEL (1685-1759) Coronation Anthems Zadok the Priest, Let thy hand be strengthened, The King shall rejoice, My heart is inditing, Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Eternal source of light divine) Susan Gritton, soprano Robin Blaze, countertenor Michael George, bass Choir of King’s College, Cambridge Academy of Ancient Music, Pavlo Beznosiuk Alastair Ross, harpsichord continuo Stephen Cleobury, conductor Rec: January 2001, Kings’ College, Cambridge. EMI 5 57140 2 [61.17][KM]

This excellent recording is full of joy and happiness, and is a delight to listen to. Handel’s coronation anthems are regal and grand, and the Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne is a varied work, which shows off three fine soloists. … see Full Review

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809) String Quartets Op. 64, Nos. 1, 2, 3 String Quartet in C Op. 64, No. 1 String Quartet in B minor Op. 64, No. 2 String Quartet in B flat Op. 64, No. 3 The Lindsays Peter Cropper, violin Roland Birks, violin Robin Ireland, viola Bernard Gregor-Smith, cello Rec.: September 1999, Holy Trinity Church, Wentworth, England. ASV CD DCA 1083 [71.55] [KM]

This is an excellent recording of three of Haydn's finest quartets, and shows that The Lindsays merit the praise they have received. see Full Review

Vagn HOLMBOE (1909 – 1996) Preludes for Sinfonietta, Vol. 2 To the Seagulls and the Cormorants, op. 174, no. 6(1987) To the Calm Sea, op. 187, no. 9 (1991) To a Pine Tree, op. 164, no. 1 (1986) To the Pollution of Nature, op. 180, no. 7 (1989) To a Willow Tree, op. 170, no. 4 (1987) Sonata for Trombone and Piano, op. 172a (1987) Music with Horn, op. 148 (1981) Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen - Giordano Bellincampi recorded 30/5 – 6/6/99, in the Lyngby Kapel, Denmark. DDD DACAPO 8.224124 [50.43] [JP]

Anyone who loves the symphonies will find these works as satisfying as the larger pieces. They are easy to listen to, once the Holmboe idiom has been assimilated, and will repay the listener ten times over. … see Full Review

Leos JANACEK (1854-1928) Pohadka * , Presto in E minor *, Violin Sonata +, Capriccio #, Concertino #, From the Street 1 X 1905, In the mists, Reminiscence, On the overgrown path, Three Moravian Dances Mikhail Rudy, piano Gary Hoffman, cello * Pierre Amoyal, violin + Soloists from lOrchestre de lOpera National de Paris conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras # Recorded Salle Ravel, Opera-Bastille June 1995 (Pohadka, Presto, Violin Sonata, Capriccio, Concertino) and Eglise du Liban, Paris March 1990 (From the Street, In the mists. Reminiscence, On the overgrown path, Three Moravian Dances) EMI 7243 5 74843 2 9 [2 CDs 151.21] [JW]

Not a disc easily to be overlooked.Rudy is a Janacek interpreter of authority. Strongly recommended. ...see Full Review

Johann Sigismund KUSSER (Cousser) (1660-1724) Six Ouvertures de théâtre (1682) Musica Aeterna Chamber Orchestra/Peter Zajicek Les Menus Plaisirs ensemble Rec. France, 1993 FOUNDATION PARIBAS SUR MESURE K.617 617032 [77.57] [RW]

Kusser was not the Bach of his day and perhaps there is a pedantry. The music is sensitively played on authentic instruments and is tastefully presented. … see Full Review

Nicholas LANIER (1588-1666) Hero and Leander Paul Agnew, tenor Christopher Wilson, theorbo and lute Recorded St Andrew’s Church, Toddington, Gloucestershire May 1997 METRONOME MET CD 1027 [58.44] [JW]

The selections on this beautifully produced disc include Elizabethan lute songs as well as vigorous Italianate settings. In every way a most distinguished recording … see Full Review

Guillaume LEKEU: Adagio for strings Benjamin BRITTEN: Simple Symphony Samuel BARBER: Adagio for strings Bela BARTOK: Rumanian Dances Orchestre de Chambre 13 conducted by Jean-Pierre Lecaudey
PAVANE ADW 7361
[43.32]
[CA]

A meagre amount of music. The playing lacks personality if not sensitivity. Recording close and dry with a few obvious edits. … see Full Review

Jeffrey LEWIS (b 1942) Threnody - Cantus - Teneritas - Sonante - Trilogy Karen Turner, clarinet - Aoife ni Raghaill, flute - David Jones, piano - Recorded ASC Studios, Macclesfield, July 2000 ASC CS CD43 [69.10] [JW]

The sound is of necessary clarity and performances are good. Trilogy has something of the furious simplicity of a Rothko… see Full Review

Anatol LIADOV (1855-1914) Intermezzo, Opus 8 Mazurka, Opus 19 Ballade, Opus 21b Polonaise, Opus 49 Polonaise, Opus 55 Baba Yaga, Opus 56 The Enchanted Lake, Opus 56 Kikimore, Opus 63 The Apocalypse (fragment), Opus 66 Nänie, Opus 67 Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra Stephen Gunzenhauser Rec May 1985, Concert Hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, Bratislava NAXOS 8.555242 [58.05] [TB]

Climaxes do not glow in the manner intended; likewise the instrumental colours are less vibrant than they might have been. For all its attractions this is not a definitive version. see Full Review

LISZT Six Lieder von Goethe BEETHOVEN Sonata in C, op 53 (Waldstein) BEETHOVEN Sonata in F minor, Op 57 (Appassionata) Ramzi YassaRec 1990s? (DDD) PAVANE ADW 7304 [65.49] [DW]

Sensitively played music. Anyone who can play Liszt and with such perfection must be a great pianist. … see Full Review

 

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