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English String Music - RPO/Wordsworth        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  November 17, 2005

I put this record on with a certain amount of trepidation in view of the harsh string tone in some (but not all) of this RPO/Membran series. This one is fine - with a light, transparent and airy tone and a discreet rounding out of the sound from the rear speakers. The performances are very good. I ... more
Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41 - RPO/Glover        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  November 7, 2005

These are likeable performances. I thought the big band sound might have come from being recorded in a church. Unfortunately the string sound is harsh and steely and although I have tried to like the performances there is no getting past the sound of the strings. A pity because the Bizet/Grieg disc ... more
Berlioz: Overtures - RPO/Gibson        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  November 7, 2005

The great Sir Alexander recorded this in 1995 the year of his death and yet the performances have the verve and enthusiasm of a young man in his prime. The brass of the RPO roar out with an excellent rasp and the strings respond with a silky athleticism. 4.5 stars from me for an excellent digital ... more
Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 - Costa/Varga        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  November 7, 2005

Excellent recording of the piano, beautifully clear and with excellent presence. I have very much enjoyed these performances - the RPO on very good form in support.
Borodin: Symphony No. 2, Prince Igor - RPO/Schmidt        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  November 7, 2005

Have been listening to this all weekend and enjoying it greatly for both the performances and the very good surround sound - a thoroughly enjoyable release. Perhaps not the latest and greatest sound but still very clear and quite refined digital so 4.5 rather than 5 stars from me for the ... more

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