Youtube glo­ries

BBC Music Magazine - - LETTERS -

Your fea­ture on stream­ing (De­cem­ber) was very wel­come. I am glad you thought Youtube worth a dab­ble, but I have found it much bet­ter than that. Among the gems are video con­certs of per­for­mances from Al­fred Bren­del, Martha Arg­erich, Clau­dio Ab­bado (at Lucerne), Les Arts Floris­sants and Si­mon Rat­tle. There are plenty of com­plete CDS there and if you are a Baroque fan there is a feast of rel­a­tively ob­scure com­posers to try out. It is true the sound qual­ity can vary – the com­plete Haydn Lon­don sym­phonies from Eu­gen Jochum and the LPO, lead­ers in their time, are ru­ined by con­stant dis­tor­tion in the louder pas­sages – and list­ings are pretty hap­haz­ard, though bal­anced by the way they soon spot your taste and come up with in­ter­est­ing sug­ges­tions. It is cer­tainly worth a try. Si­mon Bux­ton, South Glouces­ter­shire

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