Fischer / ZKO: Rossini, Petite Messe Solennelle — Zurich, 2015-05-23

A re-encounter with a fascinating composition in concert, with some excellent soloists (Rachel Harnisch, Judith Schmid, Vsevolod Grivnov, and Klaus Mertens), the Zürcher Konzertchor and the ZKO — followed by a late re-encounter with a legendary recording featuring Kari Lövaas, Brigitte Fassbaender, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, the Münchner Vokalsolisten, and Wolfgang Sawallisch conducting and accompanying (…)


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Brown / Sing-Akademie: Bach, Bax, Britten — Zurich, 2014-12-19

My first reaction in writing this short review was to use a title such as “Bach’s Christmas Oratorio — How Not To” — but let me start properly: This year’s Christmas concert in the Tonhalle Zurich (on Friday, 2014-12-19) was given by the Zürcher Sing-Akademie (Zurich Singing Academy), the professional choir, founded in 2011, following the footsteps of the Schweizer Kammerchor (Swiss Chamber Choir)…


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Mozart: Violin Sonatas

Comparing recordings with the following artists: Müllejans/Bezuidenhout (2008), Tetzlaff/Vogt (2011), Oistrakh/Badura-Skoda (1972), Grumiaux/Haskil (1956)


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Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Der Ring des Nibelungen, part 4 — comparing 2 recordings: Furtwängler (1953, Rome), with Suthaus, Mödl, Greindl, Poell, Jurinac, Klose, Pernerstorfer, etc.; Janowski (1980), with Kollo, Altmeyer, Salminen, Nöcken, Sharp, Wenkel, Nimsgern, etc.


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Bach: St.John Passion BWV 245

Bach, St.John Passion BWV 245, with the following artists: Harnoncourt / Equiluz (1965), Jochum / Haefliger (1967), Rotzsch / Schreier (1976), Koopman / de Mey (1993), Suzuki / Türk (1998), Gardiner / Padmore (2003), Layton / Bostridge (2012)


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Wagner: Siegfried

Der Ring des Nibelungen, part 3 — comparing 2 recordings: Furtwängler (1953, Rome), with Suthaus, Patzak, Frantz, Greindl, Klose, Streich, Mödl, etc.; Janowski (1980), with Kollo, Schreier, Adam, Nimsgern, Salminen, Wenkel, Sharp, Altmeyer etc.


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