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Beethoven: Symphonies - Jaap van Zweden          (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  October 25, 2004

When I first listened to it, Jaap van Zweden's Beethoven cycle started off badly. His reading of the first symphony was awful. His tempi just didn't make sense and broke the work apart. Then things got better. By the time they reach the Fifth, JvZ and the Residentie Orchestra establish a nice ... more
Shostakovich: Hamlet - Yablonsky        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  June 19, 2004

This newcomer is probably one of the very best film music rerecordings ever. There has been a relatively recent 15-year boom in rerecording film scores. Some have been very successful, like the Chandos Movies series and Marco Polo Film Music titles, while others have employed third rate high school ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7 - Fedoseyev        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  June 14, 2004

A spacious, wide-ranging soundstage is the set for this Shostakovich 7th by Fedosseyev, a reissue from a 1996 recording. Lush, warm strings are a definite bonus over the Yablonsky and Gergiev discs. The sound is clear, detailed (if not quite as much as the Yablonsky recording) and rarely ... more
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 - Gergiev        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  June 14, 2004

Gergiev's reading of #5 has nothing wrong with it, but has nothing to recommend either. It's a rather dull, fairly bland performance, especially when it comes to Gergiev's usual energetic style. I myself do not like his style, but there is no question that he usually tries to make the music ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 - Kitajenko        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  June 14, 2004

Yet another high-fidelity Shostakovich cycle to add to the others currently in progress on SA-CD or DVD-A. They all seems to have their strong points, this first instalment in the Capriccio set is no exception. In terms of sound, I find the woodwinds too prominent in the mix, they're kind of ... more

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