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Messiaen: Chamber Works - Hebrides Ensemble        (12 of 12 found this review helpful)
  September 24, 2008

This is a short review of an excellent disc with a long, long footnote about the music, because one has to want the music before one wants the disc. SOUND The sound captured by audiophile Linn on this disc is amazingly detailed, so distinct that I am hearing details I never heard before. That is ... more
Bach: The Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo - Lara St. John        (13 of 13 found this review helpful)
  August 1, 2008

Mrs Beagle and I are relaxing on a beautiful summer evening, and I am flicking the buttons on the remote to toggle between player A and player B. I ask her what she thinks of the playing on A: "restrained, rather flat really". And on B: "It's got bite, real presence and quite lively". I would add ... more
Haydn, Solberg, Grieg: String Quartets - Engegård Quartet        (12 of 12 found this review helpful)
  July 22, 2008

The 2L label certainly has its mojo, DXD, working for it but it also has freakishly good talents on-tap. If every SACD were this good Id have to mortgage the farm. With most discs I cant remember whether I liked them or not I liked this disc instantly and so much so that I cant wait to sing ... more
French Romantic Cello Sonatas - Michal Kanka          (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  July 20, 2008

MINI-REVIEW SONICS The sound is satisfying but perhaps a bit rich in the lower frequencies, which is fine for the violoncelle but surprising for the pianoforte. The soundstage is not unclear, but neither are the musicians' locations obvious. Kanka and Klansky* both appear to be positioned in-line ... more
McCarthy: String Quartets Nos. 3-5 - Harrington String Quartet        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  May 8, 2008

THE SOUND This is good sound, the kind of instrumental clarity that one expects from SACD (although it lacks the precision of DXD and IsoMike, or even AliaVox and Water Lily): the instruments are distinct voices and very string-like. The sound stage may be somewhat narrow, and the venue perhaps a ... more

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