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  October 8, 2004

These performances have been around on Sony's Essential Classics series for a while - the sound on this stereo non-hybrid SACD is a clear improvement with little or no hiss and a wide dynamic range. No small achievement for recordings made in 1957. They certainly belie their age. Szell's Till is ... more
Wagner: Orchestral Music from The Ring - Cleveland Orchestra/Szell      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  September 16, 2004

I have been comparing this (non-hybrid, stereo-only) Sony SACD with the old Sony/CBS CD set - the 2 discs Maestro series from 1990, I've never heard a more recent Essential Classics CD incarnation c/w some Ormandy Wagner. I suspect that was the same remastering. The SACD replicates the second CD ... more
Midnight at Notre-Dame - Olivier Latry        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  August 31, 2004

'An extraordinary sonic experience' says DG, and right they are. Not sure how many organ multi-channel SACDs there are out there, but this is the first one I've heard. It really is a wonderful sound, transforming my listening room into the interior of Notre-Dame, sonically at least! I particularly ... more
Liszt: Piano Works - Yundi Li          (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  August 30, 2004

I wasn't too confident that I would like Yundi Li's discs, as his model-like appearance and gushing booklet notes seemed to encapsulate what many feel is wrong with classical music these days: style without substance. But having listened to this and his Chopin red book CD, both on DG, I had to ... more
Schumann: Etudes symphoniques, Fantasie etc. - Mikhail Pletnev        (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  August 30, 2004

There is precious little Schumann piano music on SACD - but this is disappointing artistically. Pletnev is a master pianist, but this is probably his worst recording, although the sound per se is superb. The Fantasie in C almost comes to a dead halt more than once and most of the other pieces have ... more

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