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Berlioz: Requiem - Munch        (13 of 16 found this review helpful)
  April 13, 2005

Do I or anyone else with this work already in their collection really need this one too? My answer is YES, YES, YES!!! Not only is it offered at an irresistable, two for one, bargain price from many dealers. This recording made in 1959 is also IMO in almost all respects better than any other ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 - Vänskä        (17 of 17 found this review helpful)
  February 20, 2005

This disc makes an exiting start indeed, for BIS's first Beethoven symphony series. Not only is the recording very good indeed.But that is almost a given with this label. Their recordings rarely disappoint from a technical point of view. Also the interpretation by the Minnesota orchestra under ... more
Richard Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Ein Heldenleben - Reiner        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  December 4, 2004

Here comes another,simply stunning, vintage recording.Like the Mercury Firebird this is definitely a Desert Island Disc.Not only does it once and for all, prove that all you need to record a big symphony orchestra realistically, is a good analogue tape recorder and TWO microphones. NO more!!!But it ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 - Rostropovich          (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  November 29, 2004

Wow!!!This recording of Schostakovich's elegic and brutal and awesome 11th Symphony is another stunning example of high-res DSD technology at its very best! I could cheat and do what I did in my recent review of LSO Live's equally impressive Falstaff and simply quote from the booklet.But let me at ... more
Verdi: Falstaff - Sir Colin Davis          (13 of 13 found this review helpful)
  November 15, 2004

Finally there is a,pure DSD, recorded opera on SACD.And not any old opera ! But one of the greatest operas of all time, composed by one the greatest opera composers ever.This Falstaff masterfully conducted by Colin Davis and recorded live during performances in the Barbican earlier this year,has ... more

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