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Nat "King" Cole: Just One of Those Things        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  May 16, 2015

There are enough said about Nat King Cole and his arts. So this review is really not about performance and music, but only about the sonic. The 3 channel surround sound are simply superb, Cole's voice is from the center channel, presents a much wider and detailed sound field than any stereo ... more
Handel: Messiah - McCreesh        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  August 21, 2010

After many version of Messiah, I finally bought this SA-CD version from Taiwan (where else this becomes an expensive OOP item). I should say that I had a high hope for this version, but it was just a wishful thing. This is not the Messiah for me - which means perfecto chorus and solos, with ... more
Tallis: Spem in alium, Missa Salve intemerata - Oxford Camerata        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  November 10, 2009

I bought this title, not because I am familliar with Tallis' works, but for the rummor I heard from a hifi BBS about the title's rating in Penguin's Guide: It actually is the first title ever in Penguin's history with 4 stars and a rosette because of its surround sound effect, and later when the ... more
Tchaikovsky/Mendelssohn: First Piano Concertos - Lang Lang        (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  December 20, 2007

Lang Lang seems to be a very polarizing figure these days. But I am not commenting on his performance or interpretation here. Rather, I would like to focus on the sonics of this title, and compare the cd stereo, sacd stereo and sacd 5.0 surround sound. 3 years ago when I first heard this album ... more
Anna Netrebko - Sempre libera        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  November 3, 2007

Combining Anna Netrebko and Abbado, you may expect a magic or a fire bon-bon, expecially when Anna is singing "Sempre Libera". Indeed I read too many reviews acclaiming exactly this. But as I am diving into this SACD, nothing happened, and as a matter of fact, Abbado's orchestra ruined the whole ... more

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