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Shostakovich/Shchedrin: Piano Concertos - Marc-André Hamelin        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  June 23, 2005

Fabulous performances. And Fabulous sound. Marc-Andre Hamelin is a top notch virtuoso,and he dispatches the three concertos in this disc with faultless technique and lots of expression. The trumpet solo in the First Pianom cto. of Shostakovich is excellent. And the conducting of Litton is full of ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 - RSNO        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  June 21, 2005

Another great recording from Linn. Shostakovich symphonies lend themselves to the SACD medium. They can be very loud and very quiet, contrasting dynamic ranges are tricky to record faithfully. But here, the RSNO sounds in top notch form, the conducting is very good and persuasive, in a work that ... more
Held by the Ears - Palladian Ensemble        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  June 21, 2005

Linn Records have always produced excellent records. Both on the artistic and the sonic aspects of them. This disc is no exception. The Programme of "Light" music of the XVII-XVIII centuries is delightfull, as well as the execution of the Palladian Ensemble, one of the best groups around for this ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Abbado        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  June 13, 2005

Abbado has always been an interesting Mahler conductor. In the last 3 or 4 years he has improved dramatically, as one of the very few, ever, to have genuine insights into this fascinating music. He lets the music breathe, playing down the overt drama ever present on this symphony, erhaps the most ... more
Bach: Cantatas - Thomas Quasthoff        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  June 12, 2005

Quasthoff is a superb lieder interpreter. As a Bach interpreter he follows his high achievements in the lieder field: expressive and detailed readings. Not always vocally immaculate, he does not hesitate in altering his tone for expressive purposes. The Berlin Baroque Ensemble does not sound top ... more

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