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  March 5, 2012

A few months ago, a friend in Iran sent me a link to a translation of "Water's Footfalls" by Sohrab Sepehri. "Water's Footfalls"? If that doesn't provoke your curiosity and if you think to yourself: "Are you kidding me? - What nonsense!" Then don't read any further. The poem includes the ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 - Janowski          (13 of 16 found this review helpful)
  October 19, 2009

I don't have a favorite symphony. (Who does?) But if I did - this one just might be it. Oh, there is strong competition from several contenders, Shosty 13, Prokofiev 6 (and 5 for that matter) along with Schubert 9th, Beethoven 7th, Brahms 3rd, Mozart's G minor, and so on. But why am I so taken with ... more
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons, Piazzolla - Lara St. John        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  May 8, 2009

This is not for any faint of heart original instrument or PIP purists - I will begin with that! But it is an edifying and to me, thoroughly satisfying account of the famous Four Seasons with a bonus, "The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires" by Piazolla arranged for solo violin by Desyatnikov, whose ... more
Orff: Carmina Burana - Atlanta SO/Runnicles          (9 of 12 found this review helpful)
  November 13, 2008

Last Saturday my wife and I schlepped off to Boston for our second concert of the season. The first half of the concert was devoted to Sequentia's take on the source material for Orff's Carmina Burana. It was enlightening if not exciting. The Orff on the other hand was a real eye-opener for me. I ... more
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 13 & 24 - Helmchen, Nikolic          (15 of 15 found this review helpful)
  October 12, 2007

This one is rather special! Superb sound; and the very nuanced but masculine playing from Helmchen and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra is wonderful! Not a period performance, but like Julia Fischer's Mozart Concertos, this is a period informed performance of the highest caliber. I was unfamiliar ... more

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