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Beethoven: 6 Overtures - Cluytens        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  August 12, 2015

When the Cluytens Beethoven cycle was released on individual LPs in the '60s these overtures were included as fillers on some of the LPs. Since the Cluytens cycle has just been released in Japan on 5 SACDs, symphonies only, the overtures have now been grouped on a single disc for release. They share ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies - Cluytens        (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  August 10, 2015

This set dates from the late '50s and has perhaps been somewhat under-rated. Cluytens seems to have had the ability to get his ideas across to an orchestra without interfering with the group's real basic sound. His recording of Ravel's complete orchestral music is virtually unique in letting the ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Bernstein      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  June 29, 2015

At the end of December 2014 I said of the Esoteric release of this famous performance that "while it has all of the expected SACD virtues of depth and richness, it lacks the clarity of the Universal Japan SHM-CD reissue, prompting the probably futile hope for an SHM-SACD release sometime in the ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 8 - Ballot        (12 of 12 found this review helpful)
  May 27, 2015

I'm sorry to rain on the parade of raves this set has received here, but based on them I purchased this set out of curiosity, and I just do not hear anything much to justify the good reviews. Yes, the sound is truly excellent, and yes the clarity achieved in such a setting is impressive, and yes, ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Furtwängler        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  February 7, 2015

I couldn't help myself, I had to compare the Audite and Tahra SACD versions of this historic performance. If you have one or the other, don't worry about replacing it, in terms of quality they're pretty much at the same level, which is superb. The Tahra seems to be mastered at a very slightly higher ... more

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