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Chopin: Nocturnes - Angela Hewitt        (15 of 15 found this review helpful)
  February 28, 2005

A fine set Ė Chopinís Nocturnes should perhaps only be listened to in groups of 3 or 4, but this complete survey (with the Impromptus thrown in) will satisfy the needs of most listeners, especially those with multi-channel capabilities. Iíve enjoyed Maria Joao Piresí set on DG (on CD only, of ... more
Thelonious Monk: Monk's Music        (3 of 8 found this review helpful)
  February 24, 2005

I've just been sampling some jazz SACDs after listening exclusively to classical over recent years, and while I have enjoyed Miles Davis the most, and appreciated Bill Evans, this disc just did not interest me. I found it slightly repetitive, and rather unremarkable in terms of piano playing - Monk ... more
Chopin: Polonaises - Pollini        (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  January 22, 2005

Yes, as other reviewers have said, you really need a multi-channel setup to get the most from this SACD. I used to have this album in its DG Originals incarnation (still available of course), and at the time felt the recording rather clattery - to such an extent that it rendered the interpretations ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 - Harnoncourt        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  January 17, 2005

This is perhaps Harnoncourt's best Bruckner recording to date, and the second on SACD (after the Ninth). The release comes on two discs - the first easily accommodating the symphony (about 73 minutes), and the second having rehearsal extracts (in German, on CD only) which I haven't yet ... more
  January 6, 2005

Yep, I agree with the previous review - this is a very fine release, especially the Gershwin. What is remarkable is how idiomatically the Vienna Radio SO play in this, with a beautifully sleazy trumpet glissando near the beginning of the slow movement - in music with which they can hardly be ... more

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