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  1. #19 - Furtwangler conducting BPO - Tchaikovsky - Symphony No. 6



    A performance of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony.

    I won't be providing an intellectual review wherein I break down every movement and analyse the reviews. Keeping things brief here:

    1. The tempi choices are wonderful and very much agreeable. Not as grand as Bernstein's DG retake.

    2. The intensity {The God of Power and Passion, after all} is thrilling here, even if the poor ...
  2. J.S. Bach - Ton Koopman‎ - Organ Works


    Over the course of a forty-five-year career Ton Koopman has established himself as a leader in the “authentic” movement. He trained in Amsterdam, where he studied organ, harpsichord and musicology and was awarded the Prix d'Excellence for both instruments.

    From the beginning of his musical studies he was fascinated by authentic instruments and a performance style based on sound scholarship and ...
  3. #18 - Kenneth Gilbert - François Couperin - Quatrième livre de pièces de clavecin

    Harpsichord Music. The loveliest isn't it?



    Foruth Book of Harpsichord Pieces - Orders 20 to 27 - François Couperin

    The pieces in this collection may not be the startling masterpieces that are sometimes found in Scarlatti or Bach [which is all the time, isn't it? Come to think of it, every piece Bach wrote was a masterpiece.] But that isn't their aim. The aim ...
  4. #17 - Asahina conducting Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra - Bruckner - Symphony No. 4

    I did a review of Solti's Bruckner 4 a while back.

    And while that performance shall remain as one of my favorites, today I assess this performance:




    Asahina is a true Brucknerian and there is doubt of it. He recorded not one but four complete cycle of Bruckner's Nine Symphonies and there exist several discs of his live performances of the Nine Symphonies.
    ...
  5. #16 - Klemperer conducting PO - Mozart - Symphony No. 40 & 41 [1962]



    This album will always remain one of the most idiosyncratic and memorable performances that I've heard in my life. The weightiness that Klemperer employs in his performance is unheard of [for me].

    The tempi are quite so granitic that many people would be turned off just by it. For the orchestra, more players seem to be playing than even in Walter's NYP recordings. Klemperer probably saw it fit ...

    Updated Mar-07-2015 at 18:00 by Lord Lance

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