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 (1 September – 14 September)

HANDEL: Messiah (1751 Version)
(Naxos: 8.570131-32)

Reviewer: DS122605
Date Reviewed: 08/28/11
HANDEL: Messiah (1751 Version)

Beauty and Truth

The Messiah is truly the most remarkable work of baroque music ever.

Inspiring and inventive. The scriptures of the bible interpreted with uncanny skill and accuracy by the marvellous sweeping melodies of Handel.

The repetitive style of Handel is absolutely key in this work and lacking that, the opera would not do the scriptures justice.

The story of Jesus Christ the King of Kings retold with all its glory incorporated in this epic masterpiece.

By missing this you are missing beauty... and above all truth.

GOLDMARK, K.: Piano Quintet, Opp. 30 and 54 (Triendl, Quatuor Sine Nomine)
(CPO: 777277-2)

Reviewer: samizdat
Date Reviewed: 08/22/11
GOLDMARK, K.: Piano Quintet, Opp. 30 and 54 (Triendl, Quatuor Sine Nomine)

Goldmark Piano Quintets

I recently heard one of the Piano Quintets featured on this recording at a concert in Toronto titled Forgotten Romantics. I was very impressed by it, found this first rate recording on Naxos and downloaded it from here. I chose to download it because I have several music loving friends who I am confident will like it as much as I do and who will almost certainly not have it in their collections. I am new to downloading and have limited myself so far to music hard to access any other way. That seems to me the best way to get value from the site while keeping the cost to me under control. As a subscriber to Naxos I can listen to these and any other Naxos recordings on my computer anytime, but when I download recordings like these they make superb, inexpensive yet very personal gifts for my friends.

During the same concert series I also heard a wonderful piano quartet by Goetz and I found it, too, on Naxos, recorded on a specialist German label I had never heard of before. Both recordings are of a very high standard and I am delighted with them. They exemplify the reasons why Naxos and ClassicsOnline websites are such an exciting discovery for me.

VIVALDI, A.: 4 Seasons (The) (complete version and orchestral backing tracks) (Marin, Compagnia d'Opera Italiana Orchestra, Gotta)
(Soloist In Concert: HLCD9102)

Reviewer: IY122099
Date Reviewed: 08/15/11
VIVALDI, A.: 4 Seasons (The) (complete version and orchestral backing tracks) (Marin, Compagnia d'Opera Italiana Orchestra, Gotta)

Vivaldi backing tracks

Thanks a lot for amazing backing tracks, mostly I use them to do some other remixes of them and I should admit they are really of good quality. Only one thing disappointed me-- when the soloist is not playing, there is no metronome or other click sound but from other hand it is possible to do in Cubase for example with any convenient sound.

Tracks I like the most are Summer parts 1-3, Winter parts 1-3 and Spring part 1.

This is the first album I downloaded from your site. Thanks a lot for your job.

- Ivan Yokhna

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