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Post by Arthur January 14, 2010 (1 of 12)
Thanks! This comes off my wishlist!

Post by fotodan March 1, 2010 (2 of 12)
This would surely be one of the discs Id use to demonstrate the beauty of multi-channel recording to a doubting Thomas. The illusion of sitting in the 20th row of a mid-size auditorium is perfectly judged by the engineers. There is absolutely no sense of spot microphones for soloists, no need to separate the two pianos left and right nor to boost the level of the harpsichord so it can be heard. How I would love to hear these same engineers tackle violin or cello concertos! Or solo voice with orchestra. Im keeping my eyes on Oehms.

BTW: Do not be skeptical about the arrangements of the first two works; I'll wager the composer would be extremely pleased with this recording.

Highly recommended!

Post by gonzostick July 19, 2010 (3 of 12)
I love the audible impression of height that this disc can give in the Poulenc Organ Concerto, if one has a matching set of speakers that are in perfect balance.

Post by Windsurfer August 14, 2012 (4 of 12)
I just finally got around to listening to this. I agree with the reviewers: This disc is a delight in every way.

Post by pgmdir August 14, 2012 (5 of 12)
Thanks for bringing this into view again--- I gotta get it!

Post by wehecht August 16, 2012 (6 of 12)
Somebody get poor Arnaldo a glass of water, he's been traumatised by this disc.

Post by Oakland August 16, 2012 (7 of 12)
Arnaldo said:

prospective buyers of this Oehms Classics release should be aware that the original orchestral parts in both the Concerto for 2 Pianos and the Harpsichord Concerto are played here instead by an organ.

You lambasted this one pretty good. But in the process you gave pertinet information. So, I marked your review "helpful". Altogether your comments along with the comments of the site reviewers have peaked my interest. So, I ordered it!

Robert C. Lang

Post by rammiepie August 17, 2012 (8 of 12)
wehecht said:

Somebody get poor Arnaldo a glass of water, he's been traumatised by this disc.

Drinking water while listening through headphones might ZAP Arnaldo into unconsciousness..........never mind Polenc's (at least to Arnaldo's ears) organ~grinder musak...........

BTW, the samples on Amazon were delightful........ordered one for myself.......... (where Arnaldo published a one star review, as well..............was he maybe listening to the MP3 version through (gulp) earbuds)???????

Post by Hitters August 17, 2012 (9 of 12)
Arnaldo said:

But prospective buyers of this Oehms Classics release should be aware that the original orchestral parts in both the Concerto for 2 Pianos and the Harpsichord Concerto are played here instead by an organ.

Oh, what a pity! I believe the concerto for two pianos is a true masterpiece that deserves to be represented in the SACD catalogue. I still treasure an old digital recording on Erato (Duchable/Collard, conducted by Conlon). An impressive performance. But the recording, though regarded as a sonic reference when released, could very well be improved with the technology available nowadays.
So, Channel, BIS, Pentatone, anybody hearing? How about a new SACD with Poulenc music for keyboard?

Post by pgmdir August 17, 2012 (10 of 12)
I suspect this will be in my mailbox today or tomorrow--- I'm looking forward to it! I love Poulenc, and a different take on the CTO will be interesting. The Organ Concerto has been a favorite for me since the the EMI Pretre/Durufle recording done with Poulenc there.

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