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Karl Lozier
Positive Feedback Online, September 2012

A very logical choice to begin this fine and beautifully varied set of musical selections that began the outstanding first concert of this year. I believe that I enjoyed a large percentage of the performances as did those lucky enough to attend in person. At times I probably was able to hear or see some things more clearly than attendees in some of the seats or sections thanks to this very well done recording. There definitely are some things for everyone on this release and for many of us; we find everything to our liking with great variety and performances to match. Tchaikovsky’s ever popular Fifth Symphony is the first composition heard here and it receives a very good and solid performance with conductor Diego Matheuz and the orchestra obviously in sync. That does not end this outstanding release by that ’famous long shot’. Unexpected variety, beauty and downright exciting, at times, follow. All the remaining selections are definitely Italian oriented with beautiful Verdi songs dominating and done with particularly appropriate soloists. Before those selections though, your audio system and ears will get a real workout as a large hammer really goes to work on a couple of huge three-musicians’…anvils and then the powerful chorus adds to that and it all is simply done as closely to perfect as any Anvil chorus ever remembered by me. Mention this to any audiophile friends as they would love to indulge their ears and sound systems. Dances and songs abound and the always popular Can-can by Ponchielli and the Drinking song from “Cavalleria Rusticana” spice things up even more. This is one of the finest and most appealing collections of classical music ever on one disc. My highest recommendation; buy at least two and give one to your best music loving friend. © 2012 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review

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