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Beethoven/Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos - Mullova/Gardiner          (13 of 14 found this review helpful)
  August 26, 2005

I approached this SACD with caution for several reasons - firstly I had been disappointed with 2 Philips SACDs of live concerts; this one is happily not live. Secondly I prefer modern instruments to period, and thirdly I had not had the opportunity to listen in any depth to the soloist, Viktoria ... more
Elgar: Symphony No. 2, In The South - Hickox          (10 of 10 found this review helpful)
  August 25, 2005

Any review following Castor's excellent dissertation would be superfluous unless it disagreed with any aspect. Mine doesn't. So why am I bothering? Firstly let me declare an interest in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales since its members were colleagues, and I have a huge respect for their ... more
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique etc. - Gergiev        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 25, 2005

Sadly I have to concur with sgb's overall conclusions on this recording. I am a fan of Gergiev and can appreciate his view of the work, and the orchestra's excellence, but I feel that Philips has not done justice to either in a recording (in multi-channel or stereo) that fails to approach the best ... more

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