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Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 - Mustonen
(10 of 13 found this review helpful)
August 13, 2008
The sonics on this are great, the orchestra plays beautifully, the piano performance is too bizarre for words though. Almost random changes in dynamics, rushed phrasing with empty silences, he basically ignores the sheet music and annotations. The whole 3rd is played staccato and if a half note is ...
Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-41 - Mackerras
(8 of 24 found this review helpful)
July 21, 2008
I will only comment on the recording quality. If your idea of nirvana is to listen to an orchestra from the first row and your idea of a successful sound engineering job is to push the recording level right up to the threshold of distortion you will like this recording. To me it is recorded like ...
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Zinman
(7 of 13 found this review helpful)
March 8, 2008
There are better reviewers so besides the fact that I think Zander's recording is the worst of the SACD versions and Tilson Thomas's isn't far behind (his first and fourth are so good), I will only comment on a technical tidbit. This recording is a 4 channel recording (no center channel). Frankly ...
Elgar: Violin Concerto etc. - Hilary Hahn
(8 of 11 found this review helpful)
July 26, 2007
Ok, I am a geek, but there are far more eloquent and informative professional reviews of the content. So I will mention some technical things: "Not state of the art sound, but still good as far as the LSO are concerned - although the wiry sound of the violin is unpleasant to my ears, especially in ...