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Alessandro Scarlatti: Griselda - René Jacobs        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  March 25, 2005

Sometimes I'm glad when I do not know too much about the history of performances. This was given to me as a gift. I only know of Scarlatti through the movie Mozart! This SACD has left a fantastic first impression however! Maybe my audio system is just set up better than most, but again, as with all ... more
Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro - René Jacobs        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  March 25, 2005

A fantastic recording. If you want only one copy of The Marriage of Figaro, this is it. The SACD recording will make a believer out of you regarding the SACD format as the best format for classical music recoding and playback that is available today. The soundstage is huge, the nuances that you can ... more
Schumann: Symphony Nos. 1, 3, Manfred Overture - Szell      (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  March 25, 2005

You can read my review of Szell's Symphony 2 and 4, and I aplogize for basically saying the same thing, but bottom line, stick with Szell and SACD. I bought both of the Schumann Szell SACDs as I am just getting into SACD (inexpensive player, great music!). I have come to love Schumann, and Szell ... more
Schumann: Symphony Nos. 2, 4, Weber: Oberon Overture - Szell      (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  March 25, 2005

Bought both this and Symphonies 1 and 3. What I like most about both Symphonies is the emotional content of the music. While the SACD recording allows you to hear detail, the whole of the music is what moves me. I am no expert, but is seems that Szell really captures the intent of Schumann. Weber's ... more
Rossini: Overtures etc. - Cleveland Orchestra/Szell      (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  March 25, 2005

WOW. This is Rossini, Auber and Berlioz done right. Just listen to Overture to La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder) and Overture to L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers). Szell is in top form and the performance of the Cleveland Orchestra is, as it always was with Szell, outstanding. ... more

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