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Pixies: Surfer Rosa        (0 of 7 found this review helpful)
  July 17, 2009

Parental Advisory: This album uses some rather foul spoken language, highly audibly. I won't let my children hear it.
Burton, Corea, Metheny, Haynes & Holland: Like Minds        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  June 16, 2008

I agree with the two previous reviewers that this is great jazz. It is Burton's album, so we shouldn't be expecting Metheny's guitar to be front/center. The album is a studio recording, with the various performers isolated in sound-proof booths, communicating via headphones. Perhaps this method of ... more
Harmonies, Orgel Modern - Martin Haselböck        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  June 12, 2008

This disk is a collection of organ pieces, all of which were composed after 1960. The music is very "modern", lacking obvious melody, harmony, or rhythm. Some pieces are very quiet, some quite loud, and some explore the limits of dynamic contrast. I never knew that an organ could make some of the ... more
New Year’s Concert 2002 - Vienna Philharmonic/Ozawa        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  April 5, 2008

This is a concert recording from Jan. 1, 2002, at the Musikverein (Goldener Saal) in Vienna. It consists mostly of Strauss dance music: waltzes, polkas, and marches. The audience is very much in evidence, with applause, cheers, and rhythmic clapping. In surround sound the recording perspective is ... more
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (ballet) - Yablonsky        (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  February 13, 2008

This SACD set was rated highly by HP in The Absolute Sound (issues #152 and 170). I find, however, that the recording is highly artificial. In particular, the microphones on solo instruments are much too close. You can even hear the breathing of the soloists when the full orchestra is also playing. ... more

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