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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 - Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Walter      (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  December 17, 2005

BRUNO WALTER + BEETHOVEN 6 = GENIUS, HEART, SOUL. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, NO MATTER WHAT. By the time conductor Bruno Walter got around to recording this reading of the Beethoven Sixth Symphony, almost everybody who was anybody in classical music of that era agreed that he practically owned the ... more
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 - Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Walter      (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  December 17, 2005

WARM, FLEXIBLE, SONGFUL BRAHMS FROM BRUNO WALTER. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. This performance has been a staple of the recorded Brahms repertoire, since it first appeared in vinyl. Now, having been reincarnated again and again, it has finally reached SACD disc in a new transfer that lets its special ... more
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique etc. - Gergiev        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  December 17, 2005

BRILLIANT BERLIOZ IN VIVID SURROUND SOUND: MANIA & PATHOS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Combined in this hybrid SACD disc is the trivium of three roads: Berlioz, superaudio surround sound, and the players themselves. For some years one of my favorite Symphonie Fastastiques has been the Vienna led by Colin ... more
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 - Scherbakov        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  December 17, 2005

BRILLIANT READING = SLAVIC SOUL & VIVID SOUND. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Except for the particularly expert Naxos remastering of the composer's own recordings, Naxos has been repeatedly trying –but just missing the center mark of the musical target - to get it right with the Rachmaninoff concertos. The ... more
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 23 - O'Hora/RPO/Carney        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  December 16, 2005

MOZART BY RONAN O'HARA & RPO LED BY CARNEY: VERY FINE, SONGFUL, DEVOTED. MOZARTIAN BLISS TO MY EARS. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. I have enjoyed these two performances of Mozart’s piano concertos (No. 21 KV 476, and No. 23 KV 488 respectively) ever since they were released on redbook CD in the Tring RPO ... more

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