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Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Chailly          (15 of 15 found this review helpful)
  October 20, 2004

On the heels of an excellent Chailly Mahler 3rd, comes and exceedingly excellent Mahler 9th. The first thing I noticed about this performance is the careful attention to balance and a preciseness of intonation which reveal chordal and polyphonic treasures hitherto unknown to me. The work of ... more
Handel: La Maga Abbandonata - Curtis        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  October 10, 2004

A gorgeous performance and a recording to match. Curtis' "Il Complesso Barocco" orchestra is front and center, palpable yet with plenty of bloom. Kermes and Beaumont, the soprano/alto duo, are placed back on stage behind the orchesta--what glorious and exquisite voices they have--and the acoustic ... more
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Nielsen: Symphony No. 5 - Paavo Järvi          (10 of 13 found this review helpful)
  September 29, 2004

A very impressive Rite. Immediately impressive is Jarviís ear for sonority and rhythmic elan; not to mention his orchestraís incredible virtuosity. The Cincinnati bassoonist opens the piece with a refreshingly contoured solo in the introduction. The woodwind-dominated dialog that follows is ... more
Respighi: Metamorphoseon modi XII etc. - Hanson        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  September 19, 2004

What is MDG? Who is Georg Hanson? And then there's the Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra. Sounds like Naxos the early years! Well, after hearing this SACD, all involved in its production are people you should know. The surround recording is absolutely luxurious while retaining imaging, impact and depth. ... more
Berlioz: Requiem - Spano          (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  September 18, 2004

Well, Hurwitz and Sjveda call this performance 'dull.' I disagree. Getting right to the point, Spano holds back the battery of tympani players in the Dies Irae section so that one can hear what's going on in the choir, which is actually quite musical. There is also a refreshing distinction made ... more

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