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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, July 2015

This is an energetic, forward-moving reading without a touch of mannerism. Balances and dynamics are carefully handled. There’s really no blemish from beginning to end, and at times, as in the Trio of the scherzo, I hear an unusual lilt in the playing that’s quite refreshing. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Robert Cummings
Classical Net, June 2015

Barenboim hits the target here, infusing the music with a fervent yet stately passion and conveying an uplifting sense amid the storms and valedictory moments. His tempos are moderate to slightly brisk, and the music always flows with a sense of forward motion, never flagging or bogging down. The playing is totally committed here and Barenboim doesn’t overplay his hand, pointing up relevant detail and phrasing the music with a balance of intelligence and feeling, and allowing the music to speak for itself without excessive italics.

This new Barenboim performance also features excellent sound reproduction, picture clarity and camera work. All in all, this is a splendid issue. © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review





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