Daniel J. Rose

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Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad" ~ Valery Gergiev
Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad" ~ Valery Gergiev
5.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfection, Aug. 16 2003
I am a long-time admirer of the Czech Philharmonic interpretations of this work, conducted by Karl Ancerl and Vaclav Neumann, both of whom delivered exquisitely balanced performances over their lives. The late Bernstein recording with the Chicago Symphony, perhaps one of the finest up-dates since those Czech masters is updated yet again with the present recording, and in more than just years.
Even in Bernstein I miss some delicate rubato in tempo, such as in the rising scale of the violins that introduces the ethereal, yet intense, sunshine moment following the rising invasion sequence in the first movement. However, with Gergiev, these remarkable, chamber-like, and mysterious… Read more
The Trouble with Science by Robin Dunbar
The Trouble with Science by Robin Dunbar
Current reviews of this book complain either that Dunbar's effort is too light, with a few interesting surprises, or that it is too focussed on elevating the perceived defects of science (reductionism) to unlikely levels of excitement and interest, and failing to observe that there is simply more to life than science. The first criticism neglects that this is, indeed, a focussed treatment, intended to show, without apology, exactly what we miss by not giving science sufficient importance in our lives, and in fact that it could be the difference between life and death itself. The second criticism completely misses Dunbar's central point that science is, in fact, one of the most basic… Read more
Suites 1 2 & Symphonic Dances ~ Argerich; Rabinovitch
Suites 1 2 & Symphonic Dances ~ Argerich; Rabinovitch
This is one of the two finest performances of these pieces in recent record. For that, it is perhaps the most overtly virtuosic of the lot, with Martha Argerich and Alexandre Rabinovitch (Ar/R) perfectly matched in skill and musical temperament.
The other finest performance of these pieces is the recording by Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andre Previn (As/P)(London/Decca 444 845-2), older than Ar/R by over 10 years for Op. 45 and by over 15 years for Op. 5 and Op. 17. While Ar/R play with the kind of breathtaking technique that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and certainly show great sympathy with the emotions aroused by this music, they sometimes either miss an important musical point… Read more