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Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Boulez        (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  July 21, 2003

A very boring performance of one of the most beautiful symphonies ever. The first movement should be boisterous and gargantuan. This reading is way too uninflected and underemphasized. Mahler's scores have notations that say "FFF" and what we get on this performance is "F". In the more savage ... more
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde - Boulez        (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  July 21, 2003

What a forgettable performance this is. Everyone sounds like they're asleep. The conception of the music does not sound like Mahler, and nothing is played or sung with any heart or lyrical feeling. Wait for a better one to come out.
Bernstein: West Side Story - Bernstein      (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  July 21, 2003

My goodness, the sound on this SACD is so good! I love the way the jazz orchestra was captured here. You will hear a lot of detail everywhere. For fans of this piece, you will be annoyed with the spoken dialog (sounds like they were on prozac), and maybe you'll be annoyed with the operatic ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Karajan (1976)        (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  July 21, 2003

I had great expectations for this recording. I thought for sure that SACD would unlock the details from the recording masters of this performance, but no dice. This has to be one of the worst SACDs I've heard. It sounds like it came from a bad cassette. The strings sound very tinny, and the voices ... more
Titanic - OST      (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  July 21, 2003

This is one of the most enjoyable soundtracks in recent years for me. The lyricism of the romantic passages is very evocative and beautiful, and lends itself to be easily enjoyed outside the context of the movie. I have the DTS and standard CD versions of this soundtrack also. The DTS has a very ... more

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