Dr. Jean-marc Alter

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Location: West Glamorgan Wales
In My Own Words:
Dr Alter has a PhD in 18-19th Century British Political History. He has interests in History, Economics and Theology and has contributed articles for a number of Christian Newspapers and entries for the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.


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Vier Letzte Lieder/12 Orcheste ~ Richard Strauss
Vier Letzte Lieder/12 Orcheste ~ Richard Strauss
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Schwarzkopf, Feb. 7 2004
The songs of Strauss are rich, melodic and passionate and no where else is there a better interpreter than the gifted Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. The detail and tenderness that are brought to the songs are a delight to listent to and the Four last songs are truly heavenly in this version. Szell allows the music to speak and never swamps Schwarzkopf. The addition of the other lesser known Strauss songs are a bonus rather than the early symphonic Death and Transfiguration and suit the mood better. Recording is a bit thin but nevertheless truly historic.
Sym 10 ~ Gustav Mahler
Sym 10 ~ Gustav Mahler
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Rattle, Feb. 7 2004
Rattle had recorded this symphony over 20 yrs ago with the City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra and produced a classic recording. Now older, more experienced and with the stately BPO he has surpassed his earlier masterpiece. The electricity of the first performance may be less but the sound, playing of the orchestra and overall tour de force makes this version oen to sell your shirt for. A neglected symphony due to the controversy over which completed version is best but Rattle brings it forward and under the BPO it is a true masterpiece.
1971 Sym 8 ~ Gustav Mahler
1971 Sym 8 ~ Gustav Mahler
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Solti!, Feb. 7 2004
A "Mahlervelous" recording this. Every stop is out. Solti's conducting is electric and the soloists of the highest calibre- Minton and Popp's vocal talents are rich and warm but never too intrusive and blend in superbly with the music. Solti's pace is a little on the brisque side but this only adds to the overall sense of occasion and greatness of the piece. A worthy entry into this mammoth symphony. When compared with other versions Solti holds his own admirably with this electric perfromance- not as warm a sound as Tennstedt's but more wide ranging, dynamic and rich. Buy, switch off the lights and prepare yourself for an experience.