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Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, Nielsen: Symphony No. 5 - Paavo Järvi
(11 of 14 found this review helpful)
January 6, 2005
Very much a disc of two halves - the Rite of Spring is well played but sounds really too comfortable compared to other fine versions by Markevitch, Boulez, Karajan, Muti and Inbal - among others. The sound too lacks impact with a low transfer level. This work really needs more aggression to come ...
Fauré, Ravel: Violin Sonatas - Tchijik/Tiberghien
(4 of 4 found this review helpful)
January 6, 2005
I bought this SACD cheaply on eBay more or less blind, knowing only the pianist Cedric Tiberghien who has recorded successfully for Harmonia Mundi (Beethoven Variations and Debussy). I was only familiar with the Ravel Sonata, which is given a fine performance - as are the other works, so I can ...
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 - Fischer
(19 of 20 found this review helpful)
December 13, 2004
First of all, after discussions here about misleading SACD multichannel packaging, well done to Channel Classics for clearly marking this as a 5.0 SACD on the cover. So a centre channel but no subwoofer in use. Fair enough, and soundwise this is a truly remarkable multichannel SACD: at least as ...
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Chailly
November 30, 2004
Superbly played and vivid realisation of a work which is not in fact one of my favourite Mahler symphonies - but if any recording could convert a listener it is this. The performance is pretty expansive (nigh-on 90 mins) but remarkably well sustained, in the outer movements especially, although the ...
Tchaikovsky, Korngold: Violin Concerto - Mutter
(8 of 10 found this review helpful)
October 24, 2004
An excellent SACD - sonically the use of the rears is very discreet, just emphasising the clarity and warmth of the recording, although to be honest I didn't really notice the quality of the sound as the performances are so good. I'm not a particular fan of the Tchaikovsky concerto (I really got ...