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Liszt: Late Piano Works - Peter Toth          (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  June 27, 2013

It's always gratifying to take a chance on an unknown (to me) artist and to be completely blown away! Peter Toth is a 30 year old Hungarian virtuoso who just plays the daylights out of Liszt. He might not have quite the "take no prisoners" style of Cziffra, but he plays with plenty of passion and ... more
Chopin: The Complete Nocturnes - Gergely Bogányi          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  June 17, 2013

This 2-disc set boasts "Direct Cut pure DSD," which is supposed to maintain native DSD throughout the entire production process. This disc certainly clearly captures his Fazioli piano--if a bit close and dry...too bad it isn't m-ch. I do hear some damper thumps here and there, however. Bogányi's ... more
Debussy: 12 Etudes - Jean-Efflam Bavouzet        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  January 30, 2013

This turned out to be rather pricey ($32 for the disc, $22 shipping from Japan--but it got here in 3 days!), but it is certainly a wonderful recording, and one of the few multi-channel discs from Triton. Those people certainly know how to capture the sound of the piano! The perspective is a little ... more
Bach: The Well Tempered Clavier I - Abdel Rahman El Bacha          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  January 9, 2013

I concur: this is a wonderful set. The main information that I want to add, which might further explain the sound difference, is that the Ravel is multi-channel and this Bach release is stereo. In my experience, m-ch always has more bloom, and often more presence, than stereo. Oh, how I wish Triton ... more
Schumann: The Violin Sonatas - Ulf Wallin, Roland Pöntinen        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  February 19, 2012

Just to add on to Adrian's comparison to the Dora Schwarzberg/Polina Leschenko recording, I can say that this BIS disc has vastly superior sound. Schwarzberg's has very little width, depth, or ambiance (in fact, through headphones, it almost sounds like it's mono!), plus Wallin has much better tone. ... more

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