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Classical - Released November 10, 2017 | Decca

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
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Classical - Released January 1, 1991 | Decca

Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Year - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1984 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 26, 2018 | Decca

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Pop - Released January 11, 1972 | Decca

This two-LP set is both a lot more and a bit less than what it seems. It is seven years' worth of mostly very high-charting -- and all influential and important -- songs, leaving out some singles in favor of well-known album tracks, and in the process, giving an overview not just of the Rolling Stones' hits but of their evolving image. One hears them change from loud R&B-inspired rockers covering others' songs ("Time Is on My Side") into originators in their own right ("Satisfaction"); then into tastemakers and style-setters with a particularly decadent air ("Get Off of My Cloud," "19th Nervous Breakdown"), and finally into self-actualized rebel-poets ("Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Midnight Rambler") and Shaman-like symbols of chaos. On its initial release, Hot Rocks sold well, not only as a unique compilation but also as a panorama of the '60s. The only flaw was that it didn't give a good look at the Stones' full musical history, ignoring their early blues and psychedelic eras. There are also some anomalies in Hot Rocks' history for the collector -- the very first pressings included an outtake of "Brown Sugar" featuring Eric Clapton that was promptly replaced. This is an exciting assembly of material. ~ Bruce Eder
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Country - Released June 8, 2018 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 1983 | Decca

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1997 | Decca

Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica
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Full Operas - Released January 1, 1985 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 1982 | Decca

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Pop - Released January 1, 1997 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 1996 | Decca

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography
If beauty is truth and truth beauty, then the Quartetto Italiano's late-'60s, early-'70s cycle of the complete Beethoven string quartets is possibly the most truthful cycle ever recorded because it is certainly the most beautiful cycle ever recorded. No quartet has ever played with such consummate beauty of tone, such ideal intonation, and such superb ensemble as the Quartetto Italiano. In the most strenuous passages, in the most awkward, in the most excruciating passages, the Italiano is always and everywhere transcendentally beautiful. The "early" quartets bring out all the high-Classical poise and elegance of the works, expressing the strong emotions of the young Beethoven in performances of graceful beauty. The "middle" quartets are powerfully muscular and as powerfully intellectual, balancing the heart and mind of the mature Beethoven in performances of exquisite beauty. The "late" quartets are deeply emotional and profoundly spiritual, transcending the duality of heart and mind in the sublime beauty of the interpretations. And Philips' stereo sound is nearly as beautiful as the Italiano's tone and certainly as truthful as any recording could possibly be in capturing the greatness of these interpretations. One of the two or three greatest sets of the Beethoven quartets ever recorded.
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Classical - Released August 2, 1993 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2009 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Decca

Distinctions Gramophone Editor's Choice
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Classical - Released January 12, 2018 | Decca

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Classical - Released January 1, 2001 | Decca

Philips has reissued, at an affordable price, Mitsuko Uchida's recordings of all the Mozart piano sonatas. It's a great package for anyone who hasn't heard her celebrated performances of these or may have only heard one or two. She uses a lightness of touch and approach as if she were playing on an instrument more like what Mozart would have had, rather than its modern, sturdy descendent. There is also a deliberateness and care given to each phrase, adding a delicate nuance here, a smidgen more drama there. Even in the most dramatic of the sonatas, the Sonata in C minor, K. 457, and its preceding Fantasy, K. 475, the mood hints at the drama of Beethoven, but is not played with anything near the intensity of Beethoven and always carries the good humor of Mozart. In the Sonata in D major, K. 284, the listener can easily hear Mozart the symphonist or opera composer just by the way Uchida voices and balances the music under her hands. It's an extremely satisfying set of performances.
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Classical - Released March 2, 2015 | Decca

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica

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