Janos Gardonyi

Helpful votes received on reviews: 96% (24 of 25)
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Birthday: May 22
In My Own Words:
I am a retired architect, music lover,
opera fanatic, amateur photographer and
amateur pianist.Currently I am a staff CD reviewer of a classical music magazine.
I have been attending concerts
and opera performances ever since a kid.
I practically grew up in the Budapest Opera House attending sometimes three
performances a week. I saw the 'giant'
Klemperer conducting the Meistersinger in 19… Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 468,167 - Total Helpful Votes: 24 of 25
Wagner;Richard Die Meistersing [Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ Wolfgang Brendel
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
After watching that modern day singing contest -The American Idol- I am happy that this wonderful custom of singing for a prize is still part of the young people's world today. I suppose Wagner was ahead of his time using this idea in two of his operas (Tannhauser and Die Meistersinger) as a great musical and dramatic device.
Tristan und Isolde and Die Meistersinger stand as probably the two greatest operas of the 19th century but they couldn't be more different from each other. It is one of the greatest mysteries of Wagner's genius,how he could change his style from the ecstatic chromaticism of Tristan to the optimistic, straightforward C-major tonality and counterpoint of the… Read more
Die Agyptische Helena Live ~ Richard Strauss
Die Agyptische Helena Live ~ Richard Strauss
Since I never heard any other recordings of this opera before, I came to it unprejudiced, with a fresh mind
and ear. I was skeptical at first, the opera being rarely performed, if at all, and generally referred to as the composer's least successful work. Be it as it may, I found the score ravishingly beautiful, owing somewhat to that other mythological opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, and just as gorgeous, but without its commedia dell'arte silliness.
Here we have a stunning new recording, a live concert performance from New York's Avery Fischer Hall and there is an electricity and excitement about it that cannot usually be found in studio recordings. An all American cast of young… Read more
Sym ~ Gustav Mahler
Sym ~ Gustav Mahler
Here is a great bargain for you. Three Cd's for the price of one, including a lecture over 1  hour long by the conductor, who is not just a great interpreter but a fine Mahler scholar as well. The talk is fascinating and it alone is worth the price of admission .It will guarantee to enhance your listening experience considerably and make you a convert, if you haven't been already.
Perhaps the most self-indulgent of Mahler's symphonies, it "encompasses the whole world" to quote Mahler. It is perhaps
the longest symphony of all and includes everything ,funeral marches , birdcalls, brass fanfares, Austrian military
marches, country dances, angelic choirs etc… Read more

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