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Adams: Harmonielehre, Short Ride in a Fast Machine - Michael Tilson Thomas        (12 of 13 found this review helpful)
  February 8, 2012

John Adams' Harmonielehre was premiered with the SFO in 1985, conducted by Edo de Wart in a landmark Nonesuch recording in the heyday of musical "minimalism". If Philip Glass was a “classicist” among minimalists, Adams with this work showed himself to be more of a “romanticist”. Indeed the work is ... more

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Concern with sacd disc players
December 1, 2015
As to your first comment I have singled out, it s only a matter of time before we all weaken. Nothing is forever. I do not understand your other comment, above. Yes, SACD players invariably also play CDs and they also play the hybrid CD layer of SACDs. So what? They just use a different laser in the same assembly for that. That does not compromise ... more
Multi-channel SACDs from Exton
November 27, 2015
I agree. But for what ever reason, the Mch Extons I have are mediocre sounding, but passable. Musically, I was not as excited by many releases as I expected to be, either. I stopped buying them a number of years ago for those reasons. ... more
Sibelius: Complete Symphonies (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund), Warner Classics
October 23, 2015
I have the incomplete Vanska/Minnesota set and I definitely plan to get the Kamu/Lahti cycle of Sibelius. I greatly admire the Vanska and I look forward to the completion of his cycle. Perhaps his approach is deeply Finnish, but it is also highly personal in a non-nationalistic or non-ethnic way. His approach differs considerably from that of other ... more
Sibelius: Complete Symphonies (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund), Warner Classics
October 22, 2015
I agree. The notion of greater "authenticity" of music, especially based on nationality of the conductor, is highly overrated. In any case, this is art we are dealing with. And, the greater the art, the more it is enhanced by many alternative points of view. It is a language that speaks to all humanity and transcends nationality. Let me give you a ... more
DACs - the core of your system
August 28, 2015
I think you are completely right. DAC chips may have their own personality, but they are part of an inseparable system, including the digital signal path before and the analog path after. Even stand alone DAC components using the identical DAC chip inside can have sonic differences. They might be, and often are, more significant than the signature ... more