I am an 18 year-old classical music listener, amateur critic, and pianist. My goal in writing my classical music reviews is to help everyone share my love of classical music. I attempt to write reviews that will help the reader determine whether the music is suited to his taste, not just state my own feelings. I can accept a wider variety of interpretations than most people. This coupled with … Read more
I am an 18 year-old classical music listener, amateur critic, and pianist. My goal in writing my classical music reviews is to help everyone share my love of classical music. I attempt to write reviews that will help the reader determine whether the music is suited to his taste, not just state my own feelings. I can accept a wider variety of interpretations than most people. This coupled with the fact that I very carefully chose the CD's I buy makes most of my reviews either 4 or 5 stars. My personal relationship with Jesus Christ has fueled my passion and understanding in the subjects of my reviews.
The current lead reviewer finds this reading underwhelming because Gergiev steers away from crudeness and Soviet oppression. It may sound extreme to claim that Gergiev "almost makes this chamber music", as the reviewer says, given the indelible connections this music has with propaganda and war. But Gergiev's phrasing does have a feeling of freedom and tenderness that makes this music nearly intimate.
I agree with some of the reviewer's points, but instead of finding Gergiev's sensitivity debilitating, I think it maximizes the impact. Is it a bad thing that we can hear new contours that favor a view of the symphony that is less aggressive, more musical and varied? I don't… Read more
Decades after making a controversial Mahler cycle with the Vienna Phil, Lorin Maazel is back with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd symphonies on a budget priced release (at least as a download) with the Philharmonia. Critical view has been mixed on Maazel's Mahler, but the little I heard from his Vienna cycle was rather tame and uninteresting, discouraging me from acquiring the rest of the set.
Since you never know when an interpreter may come alive, I bought the present recording with the hopes that Maazel would have changed for the better. Unfortunately, in each of the three symphonies offered here, Maazel trudges predictably along, with little feel for drama. There is a modern fad of… Read more
Any new DG release with the Berlin Philharmonic is an eye-catcher these days, but this one featuring the return of Anne-Sophie Mutter seemed almost too good to be true. The Dvorak Concerto hasn't gotten much treatment from high level orchestras, and Mutter has been away from the orchestra for a long time, so I worried that this was all a big PR affair.
But my apprehensions quickly faded away as I listened to this account, which is grand with extra thrills. Mutter's playing is lovely, but she gives her all with a spirit of heroism. She chooses to emphasize the work's romanticism, giving it a feeling of forward motion. Everything is emotional, almost heart-stopping, shying away… Read more