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Mahler: Symphony No. 7 - Macal          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  June 1, 2008

Another winner from the Exton-Macal-CPO team. The orchestra is in top form, giving a ripe sound that suits this most complex of Mahler symphonies. The grotesque of the Scherzo movement is not at all overdone, but given the slight rubato applied to it (MAcal in brilliant form) achieves all the more ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Mácal          (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  June 1, 2008

The real hero of this recording is the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, giving an all-out performance of this complex score. The sound of the CPO is idally suited for Mahler symphonies: fine burnished sound (like old gold) power to spare and a slightly veiled quality in the tuttis. Thus, they capture ... more
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 - Curzon        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  June 1, 2008

This is a classic performance of the Brahms Piano Concerto nr. 1. Sir Clifford Curzon was at the top of his considerable powers when he did this recording, and both Orchestra and conductor George Szell partner him ably. Brahms composed two piano concertos and both works are quite different in ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Zinman          (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  June 1, 2008

Zinman´s Mahler cycle goes from strength to strength. I would consider this recording of the fourth symphony the most succesfull of the cycle yet, only marred by the soprano soloist on the 4th movement, who has a far too mature voice for a part that needs absolute purity and steadiness of tone. The ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Zinman          (9 of 11 found this review helpful)
  May 29, 2008

A very succesful recording of a great and complex work. Orchestra and chorus are first rate, the soloist is rather breathy and wobbly, although sings her part with fine sense of the poetry. Once again, Zinman and his Tonnhalle Orchestra live up to expectations: a straightforward reading, ... more

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