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  Beethoven: Overtures - Sir Colin Davis
  Beethoven: The Ruins of Athens Op. 113, Coriolan Op. 62, Leonore No. 1 Op 138, The Creatures of Prometheus Op. 43, Egmont Op. 84, Leonore No. 3 Op. 72a, Fidelio Op. 72b

Symponie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
Track listing:
  Classical - Orchestral
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Recording info:
  Remaster produced by Esoteric and Sony Music.

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Site review by Castor October 2, 2008
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Review by CA 94542 Native April 22, 2010 (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I was pretty excited about this series, what with the mostly positive reviews and all. Iíve listened to Esoteric equipment and was impressed at what the wealthy can afford, and I have a healthy respect for the Japanese and their pursuit of audio excellence. The Beethoven overtures are missing from my collection, so I thought this album would be a good one with which to begin building my Esoteric collection.

But this disc is a disappointment. Not the performance Ė I canít imagine these pieces being performed any better Ė but the sonic quality of the disc does not measure up to the $67 US that I paid to Music Direct. In fact, were I able to audition prior to purchase, I donít believe Iíd buy this at any price. The disc has the extended frequency response characteristic of SACD, but the sparkle that we experience when we spin a quality hi-resolution album just isnít there. The highs have a muffled quality, and the low frequencies lack the punch that we have come to expect from the format. There is an overall lack of distinction between the orchestra members (sonically speaking, of course).

I have listened through three times now, on different days and times (to avoid any power line-induced voodoo) yet come away with the same impression. Think Iíll stay away from the rest of the series, until I get the chance to listen prior to purchase.

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Works: 7  

Ludwig van Beethoven - Coriolan Overture, Op. 62
Ludwig van Beethoven - Egmont Overture, Op. 84
Ludwig van Beethoven - Fidelio Overture, Op. 72
Ludwig van Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 1, Op. 138
Ludwig van Beethoven - Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b
Ludwig van Beethoven - The Creatures of Prometheus Overture, Op. 43
Ludwig van Beethoven - The Ruin of Athens Overture, Op. 113