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Beethoven: Complete Symphonies - Masur        (14 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by thepilot December 4, 2004

Masur is a Beethoven conductor of real stature and this boxed set is a really splendid Beethoven cycle, with wonderful performances of all the symphonies and exremely good orchestral playing. The Leipzig orchestra produces a wonderfully cultivated and warm sound and only the last ounce of precision ... more
Bach: The Conductors' Transcriptions - Slatkin        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by thepilot December 4, 2004

What a splendid sound Slatkin gets from this fabulous orchestra! And what glorious playing! Only Stokowski had managed to play Bach transcriptions in such a magical way. The transcriptions are really memorable, especially the ones of the better known stuff. The recording only misses the last degree ... more
  Review by racerguy December 1, 2004

This is a really great SACD, I think. The recording is modern analog, direct-transfered to DSD. The vocals really "pop" out of the mix, but there's a bit of sibilance, probably due to the singer keeping his mouth too close to the mike. Cullum's piano-playing is excellent, and the backup band does a ... more
  Review by lenw December 1, 2004

Old standards are given a 'modern cool' treatment - some a little over the top IMHO. The album sounds like it was recorded slight too 'hot' for my tastes with some of the high frequencies more harsh than many of SACD recordings such as the Telarc recordings I have. But all said this is still a very ... more
Olatunji: Drums of Passion      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by fotodan December 1, 2004

I "grew up" with this recording and remember it fondly from my college days, but was completely unprepared for the way it sounds in multi-channel stereo. This is the real thing! -- the drummers and singers are in a seamless circle around the listener. Bass response is staggering -- we never heard it ... more

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