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Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage (complete) - Mûza Rubackyté          (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  March 13, 2006

Muza Rubackyte is a pianist known to me only from recordings, but I would happily travel many miles to hear her live. While all of her recordings for Lyrinx are excellent this complete set of the Annees is the best yet. As a technical matter her playing is virtually flawless; powerful, accurate, and ... more
Scharwenka: Romantic Piano Concerto 38 - Hamelin/Stern        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  March 8, 2006

Marc Andre Hamelin is the most technically gifted pianist I have ever encountered. It's been my pleasure to hear him live on numerous occasions including an incredible Rachmaninov 2nd sonata played in a record store whose broken air conditioning produced a room temperature in the 90s and required an ... more
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra - Eschenbach        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  March 8, 2006

Having attended one of the concerts from which this recording is drawn I can testify that the multichannel sound provides a very good representation of the Philadelphia orchestra in Verizon hall. This may not be the fabled "Philadelphia sound" of days gone by, but it is very clear and well balanced ... more

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