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  December 20, 2005

Outstanding interpretations from Haitink and his orchestra, with excellent stereo sound. I've never heard the Philips Duo which contains these recordings or any previous incarnations (even the original LPs were highly regarded by audiophiles), but on this SACD from Japan the refinement is ... more
  October 1, 2005

Abbado leads a vigorous and fresh account of Mahler's most classical symphony - and gives us an interpretation that leans more towards a classical approach than the phantasmagorial style we often get in this symphony. Whether that is a loss or a gain is up to you - but I found it very enjoyable. The ... more
Barber: Symphony No. 1, Schumann: Symphony No. 4 - Sawallisch        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  August 24, 2005

This 54 minute disc celebrates a concert Sawallisch gave on 21 July 2003 in Munich's National Theatre. There are only two works, one esoteric as far as Sawallisch's repertoire is normally concerned - and the other by a composer with which he is perhaps more associated than any other. The Barber ... more
  August 10, 2005

If you're listening in multi-channel the first thing you need to do is turn the rear channels *right* down - maybe 5dB (which is quite a lot) as otherwise you'll feel you're sitting among the front desks of the violas. Once you've done that, you'll get a really rather good sonic experience - the ... more
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, etc. - Barenboim        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  August 9, 2005

This programme has been available on DG Galleria for years (the recordings were made in the mid-1970s), and was recently reissued in their Originals series - I imported this (stereo-only of course) SACD from Japan. The performance of the symphony is a good one, though not superior to my other ... more

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