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Sinopoli’s Splendid Mussorgsky and Ravel

MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition Sinopoli

Jeremy Lee writes

Originals is dead; long live Originals.  Not that it’s been officially discontinued, but it might as well be, because the latest release — Karajan’s Bruckner 8 — was released September last year, and there has been no word of a future Original disc ever since.  Pity.

But of course, Universal won’t let their flagship just Continue reading



Ein Deutsches Requiem: A comprehensive review

Jeremy Lee writes

After a brief hiatus, here’s Top Ear’s second comprehensive, this time on 12 different recordings of Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, purely a labour of love of Brahms’ music.

Just a few of the recordings reviewed here

The work, whose conception and progress was apparently spurred by the notion of Brahms’ mother’s eminent death as well as a work by Schumann of a similar title, remains to this day one of his finest achievements and testimony of his study in counterpoint, as well as one of the Continue reading

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Berman/Giulini Liszt Concertos

Leonard Ip writes

Liszt’s piano concertos are well-served on CD. Richter’s studio recordings with Kondrashin are justly legendary, complemented by excellent modern versions such as Zimerman/Ozawa and the more recent Nebolsin/Petrenko. Berman recorded these performances with Giulini and the Vienna Symphony in 1976 and they were Continue reading