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Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7 - Ashkenazy          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  December 22, 2008

This is one of the best 7ths in my collection, and I have a lot of 7ths in my collection. In the modern era only Maazel in my experience (in his Vienna) recording gets the tempos as right as this, and his is probably the only performance I'd still actively prefer to this one. Ashkenazy has tautened ... more
Paganini: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 4 - Henryk Szeryng        (14 of 14 found this review helpful)
  December 10, 2007

Another splendid quadraphonic remastering from Pentatone. The solo violin in particular is beautifully captured, balanced perhaps just a little ahead of what might be a normal "concert hall" perspective, but not obtrusively so - orchestral detail is in no way occluded. There's plenty of depth and ... more
Stockhausen: Stimmung - Hillier        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  September 20, 2007

This is possibly the single most extraordinary SACD I have in my collection - a marvellous realisation of Stockhausen's avant-garde masterpiece. Harmonia Mundi's engineering uses rear speakers as the equal of fronts, creating an "in the round" sonic experience which fits the music very ... more
Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge - James Gilchrist        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  July 23, 2007

Artistically and sonically this is an outstanding issue. On the evidence of this performance of Vaughan Williams's "On Wenlock Edge" James Gilchrist is very much in his prime vocally. He has many of the characteristics of the classic "English tenor" - a voice basically lyric in nature, naturally ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 - Rajski        (14 of 16 found this review helpful)
  May 20, 2007

This the second volume in a series of the complete Beethoven symphonies being undertaken by the independent, Stuttgart-based company TACET. I found the first disc (of Symphonies 7 and 8) revelatory (see review at ), and this new coupling is no less exciting. The works are smaller in scale and ... more

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