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Basoon Ctos ~ Antonio Vivaldi
Basoon Ctos ~ Antonio Vivaldi
This Philips Duo reissue contains 17 of the 19 bassoon concertos that originally appeared on three full-price Philips CDs with catalog numbers 432124, 446066, and 416355. The two missing concertos are RV 483 and RV 485 from 416355. It's a pity to be missing these two concertos--I had originally expected these three discs to be reissued as a Universal Trio--but with a playing time of 154 minutes for both discs in the present Duo (close to the 160-minute limit), it's hard to complain too much.
My opinion of these wonderful performances can largely only reiterate what has been said about them in the Penguin and Gramophone guides. These performances are 3-star discs in the Penguin, and the… Read more
String Quintet; String Quartet ~ the; Cummings Lindsays
String Quintet; String Quartet ~ the; Cummings Lindsays
2.0 out of 5 stars Parting shot---, March 29 2004
The pro-Lindsay reviewer below observes that he has not seen a live performance by a string ensemble that has not been plagued by the scrappiness with which every Lindsay recording is inevitably plagued.
I can't resist pointing out that the Ma / Cleveland performance (Sony/CBS) of the Schubert string quintet was--according to the liner notes--recorded live, in a single take: Yes, the entire quintet--the entire CD--is one take. So, contrast that disc, if you like, with the Lindsays' performance, which was not recorded live in a single take, and then offer an assessment of the Lindsays' ability to play--of egregious lack thereof. Even ensembles that do not stoop to so-called "vanity… Read more
Nelson Mass/Theresienmesse ~ Franz Joseph Haydn
Nelson Mass/Theresienmesse ~ Franz Joseph Haydn
I've just discovered (too late for me, alas!) that Gardiner's six discs containing Haydn's last six masses are available as an imported set for a great price--the cost of only two full-price CDs.
The set, like many imports, can be hard to find. Here's how: go to the classical search page, type "haydn masses" in the title box and "philips" in the label box, and then click search. Imports tend to go out of stock quickly, and this set is quite a bargain--so don't hesitate!