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Christopher Breunig  |  Apr 03, 2019
This month we review: Stravinsky, Bruno Walter, Ravel & Schubert
Christopher Breunig  |  Apr 07, 2020
This month we review: Prokofiev/Rachmaninov, Falla, Prism I, and R Strauss.
Christopher Breunig  |  Mar 25, 2020
This month we review: Korngold, Beethoven/Sibelius, Debussy/Duruflé and Tchaikovsky.
Christopher Breunig  |  Sep 17, 2019
This month we review: Tippett, Beethoven, Bruckner and Haitink - The Early Years
Christopher Breunig  |  Jul 29, 2020
This month we review: Schubert, Beethoven, Bartók and Schubert.
Christopher Breunig  |  Aug 28, 2019
This month we review: JS Bach, Chopin, Mahler and Shostakovich
Christopher Breunig  |  Jun 29, 2020
This month we review: Knecht/Beethoven, Beethoven, Schoenberg and Shostakovich.
Christopher Breunig  |  May 14, 2019
This month we review: Mahler, Mozart, Rimsky-Korsakov/Stravinsky, and Schubert
Christopher Breunig  |  May 06, 2020
This month we review: Complices, Beethoven, Mussorgsky/Khachaturian and Schubert.
Christopher Breunig  |  Jul 25, 2019
This month we review: Schubert, Berlioz, Mozart and Sibelius
Christopher Breunig  |  Jun 02, 2020
This month we review: Vaughan Williams, JS Bach/Bartók, Bizet-Shchedrin/Respighi and Escales.
Christopher Breunig  |  Jan 15, 2020
This month we review: Mahler, Berlioz, Mozart and Schubert/Schumann.
Christopher Breunig  |  Dec 23, 2019
This month we review: Beethoven, Bruckner/Wagner, Mozart and Rachmaninov.
Christopher Breunig  |  Dec 08, 2010
Memorable Dvořák Sevenths we have had from Kubelík, Schmidt-Isserstedt, Monteux, Rowicki and (Sir Colin) Davis. I am not sure that Ivan Fischer’s ousts any of theirs but he’s always an interesting, individual conductor (visit the Berliner Philharmoniker website to see him in Haydn) and there’s enormous warmth in this DSD recording. But what makes this SACD significant is the way he brings to life the five-movement Suite: analogous to Brahms’s two Serenades – that is, delightful music neglected in favour of the symphonies. Ex-Philips, the Budapest Dvořák Symphonies 8 and 9 SACD coupling is now on Channel Classics.
Christopher Breunig  |  Dec 10, 2010
Some will recall the 17s 6d Supraphon LP of two of these grisly narrative poems – Czech PO/Chalabala, musically unsurpassed. Mackerras’s long association with Czech music virtually guarantees a recommendation here: Water Goblin and Noonday Witch (2008, live); Wild Dove (studio, 2009); and a reissued Golden Spinning Wheel (studio, 2001). Dvorak’s wind-swept allegros, rustic tunes and careful orchestrations fire the unique-sounding Czech Philharmonic much as Elgar’s or Walton’s music does the LSO. The one spectre at the feast is the skating-rink acoustic of the Prague Rudolfinum.

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