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Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 - Latry, Eschenbach        (11 of 12 found this review helpful)
  February 11, 2007

I purchased both the Munch and Barenboim Saint-Saens discs and although they both have their points, I still was searching for a Third I could really get behind. When this one was announced coupled with the Poulenc, I knew it was a must buy. But is it a must hear? In a word, Yes! I should say ... more
Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky (Stokowski Transcriptions) - Serebrier        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  May 15, 2006

I was never a big Stokowski fan: I disliked the gimickry. But I remember hearing his Symphonic Synthesis from Boris over the radio in my teens and I enjoyed it immensely. But a single listening to his Pictures many years ago was disappointing. So while I was interested in this disc for the Synthesis ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 - Böhm        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  February 9, 2005

A great performance. Böhm undestands the importance of space, so while this performance is not necessarily slow, it feels like it unfolds totally naturally. The recorded sound is good, but not spectacular.
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15, Symphony No. 36 - Bernstein        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  February 9, 2005

I had always thought this was Leonard Bernstein's finest record (if there is such a thing), so I was thrlled to see it was chosen for SACD reissue in Japan. The performance was as fine as I remembered, but I wasn't prepared for how great the sound would be. Decca was famous for their over=miked, ... more
Schubert: String Quintet, Quartet No. 7 - Prazak Quartet        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  January 14, 2005

The Prázak moves from strength to strength. They have a cultered European sound, but play with more richness than one might expect. This works beautifually in the Quintet, surely one of the greatest masterpieces. The sound is outstanding as well: immediate but natural. My only reservation is over a ... more

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