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Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky (Stokowski Transcriptions) - Serebrier
(10 of 10 found this review helpful)
October 21, 2005
Recordings like this are what consumers need to hear if SACD is every going to succeed. It is stellar in every way. Stokowski is a hard conductor to emulate because his personality is so large. Few conductors come close. Serebrier appears to be cut of the same cloth. Instead of trying to ...
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 - Rostropovich
(4 of 4 found this review helpful)
October 19, 2005
At first I didn't like this recording. It is rather dry and I have so many other performances, it's hard to displace them, especially since I was probably hoping to hear one just like one of my favorites in full DSD sound. The sound is a bit dry. If you have Rostropovich's earlier performance with ...
Dvorak, Walton: Cello Concertos - Piatigorsky
(7 of 7 found this review helpful)
October 18, 2005
I had trepidation buying this disc based upon the above review. I almost didn't, but I finally gave in. My benchmark is Jacqueline Du Pre's unbelievably passionate performance amidst Sargent's very supportive conducting. This disc has an equally passionate performance and it has a better balance. I ...
Debussy, Ravel: String Quartets - Parkanyi Quartet
(7 of 10 found this review helpful)
October 18, 2005
The Debussy is my favorite quartet and the Ravel is, well, my other favorite. My favorite recording has long been the Orlando's 1967 recording. I was looking forward to this recording, more so after discovering that the Parkanyi is more-or-less the same group. Wrong. This new recording, while in ...
Hovhaness: Mysterious Mountains - Schwarz
(8 of 8 found this review helpful)
July 14, 2005
I just wrote less-than-impressed review of Brahms 4th (Walter) after someone else loved it. Here I'm on the other side. This single disc caused me to love both the composer and SACD sound capability more than any other. I've heard other Hovhaness recordings. Am I the only one who notices that ...