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Zemlinsky: Symphony in D Minor etc. - Beaumont        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  October 10, 2007

Any mermaid coming my way is highly welcome – and if I have to content myself with Alexander (von) Zemlinsky’s tone poem of that name (as I had to, so far), that’s fine, too. Die Seejungfrau, in its original German title, is 104 years old, but its attraction remains undiminished. Zemlinsky is one of ... more
Nielsen: Orchestral Music - Dausgaard        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  October 10, 2007

Hans Abrahamsen. Jørgen and Niels Viggo Bentzon. Håkon Børresen. August Enna. Niels Wilhelm Gade. Louis Glass. Bo Holten. Paul von Klenau. Herman D. Koppel & Sons. Ludolf Nielsen. Per Nørgård. Knudåge Riisager. Poul Ruders. Some of the many Danish composers that are anywhere between largely and ... more
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Nos. 16, 17 & 18 - Kodama          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  October 10, 2007

There are great and renown pianists working on Beethoven cycles or else issuing individual sonatas: András Schiff is on his second volume for ECM (an Ionarts review is forthcoming, read the review of volume one here), Mitsuko Uchida has just issued the three late Beethoven sonatas (also to be ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Fischer          (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  October 10, 2007

The ticker has barely come in with news of Iván Fischer's appointment as Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, when Fischer issues the first Mahler recording of his career. It almost feels as though Fischer is flirting with me. Doesn't he know that nothing makes me so gentle ... more
Bach: Mass in B minor - Netherlands Bach Society          (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  October 8, 2007

I'll take my Bach any which way he comes... that is to say I neither like only HIP nor am I allergic to the larger, big-boned, and even "romantic" interpretations. Mengelberg's St.Matthew Passion is well regarded in my collection, as is some McCreesh. (I concede that Solti in Bach is a abominable ... more

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