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  Site review by akiralx November 30, 2004

Superbly played and vivid realisation of a work which is not in fact one of my favourite Mahler symphonies - but if any recording could convert a listener it is this. The performance is pretty expansive (nigh-on 90 mins) but remarkably well sustained, in the outer movements especially, although the ... more
  Site review by Castor November 30, 2004

This is, in many respects, a real disappointment; which is all the more surprising from a label that has already produced so many truly excellent and recommendable SACDs. First, the sound quality is, for the most part, unappealing. It gives a harsh metallic edge to the strings, and climaxes are ... more
Silk Road Journeys: Where Strangers Meet - Silk Road Ensemble        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Dinko November 29, 2004

Classical fans beware: this title at times attacks you sonically from all sides. Forget surround sound used to provide hall ambience, this title easily convinces that surrounds were invented to be used aggressively. If Yo-Yo Ma's cello is mostly placed in the front with surrounds providing hall ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 - Rostropovich          (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by Chris November 29, 2004

Wow!!!This recording of Schostakovich's elegic and brutal and awesome 11th Symphony is another stunning example of high-res DSD technology at its very best! I could cheat and do what I did in my recent review of LSO Live's equally impressive Falstaff and simply quote from the booklet.But let me at ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Chailly          (4 of 14 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lawrence Schulman November 29, 2004

This SACD was recently reviewed in the French classical music magazine Diapason. It was rated very low compared to other older recordings of Mahler's 9th, in particular those of Walter, Haitink and the recently re-released Ancerl. As for the quality of the recording itself, the critic states, ... more

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