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  Site review by Geohominid February 18, 2015

World famous Irish mezzo-soprano Dame Ann Murray retired from the Concert Hall in 2011, and now (2013) she brings her long list of Lieder recordings to an end by returning to the studio after a decade. She has compiled a fine farewell programme of her favourite Lieder for us, which is accompanied by ... more
Schubert: Schwanengesang - Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau      (10 of 13 found this review helpful)
  Review by fausto K February 17, 2015

It has repeatedly been claimed by some on this site that it's pointless to release analogue-tape era stereo music on SACD, remastered via DSD flat transfer, since all the content on those tapes could easily be contained on a redbook CD without loss. Buying the often not-cheap SACDs is just to fall ... more
  Site review by Castor February 17, 2015

The final volume in Alan Gilbert's traversal of the six Nielsen Symphonies, recorded in concert with the New York Philharmonic for the Dacapo label, arrives in good time for the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth (9th June 1865), and in every respect it matches the high standard already set ... more
Tears For Fears: The Hurting      (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Rickko February 16, 2015

The Hurting was the auspicious debut album from Tears for Fears. This unusual release from 1983 dealt with subject matter emanating from the dark family histories of the Tears for Fears duo, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Their traumatic childhood experiences are laid bare in the songs and quite ... more
  Site review by Polly Nomial February 16, 2015

This is, even by the standards already set in this cycle, a revelatory release from Brautigam, Willens (& Sampson). The balance between orchestra & soloist(s) is pitched to perfection so that details, impossible to hear in "concert balanced" recordings of modern instruments, delight the ear from ... more

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