2004-11-25 04:49:34 UTC
are my impressions:
Bach Mass in B Minor - Already discussed, magnificent.
Tchaikovsky 4 / Nutcracker. While Celi's readings of Tchaikovsky's 5th and
6th symphonies where IMO some of the greatest performances of the previous
EMI releases, this is not quite in the same league. It may be because Celi
did not perform the 4th as much as the other two symphonies and it even
shows that the performance is not as well tought as the other two. There
are still plenty of magic Celi moments but perhaps this is first recommended
to Celi fans. As far as the Nutcracker excerpts, I prefer Celi's earlier
readings though I am yet to hear a more exciting Trepak.
Milhaud / Roussel. So far, with the Bach CD, the best of the edition. A
little more buoyancy (sp?) could have been used in Roussel but anyway Celi
puts anyone else to shame.
Prokofiev 1 and 5. Another case in which I prefer Celi's earlier readings -
especially in the Classical - though the Munich Philharmonic is clearly the
much better band in the fifth.
The bonus CD. The Oberon overture could be faster although Celi fans will
clearly enjoy the performance. The Parsifal excerpts are perhaps not as
good as Celi's best Wagner though there's much to enjoy. The Tristan
excertps are out of this world, among the greatest interpretations of
anything aywhere. Yes, the tempo is a little bit slow but who cares, Celi
is simply maginificent here.
As I listen to more I will post more impressions. Meanwhile other opinions