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Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, Tchaikovsky: Overture "Romeo and Juliet" - Kreizberg          (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  November 2, 2003

I find there is only one problem with this disc: Yakov Kreizberg. Maestro Kreizberg's tempi seem so erratic as to become a significant annoyance. The faster elements are quite exciting, appropriately stopping short of being too fast. The slower elements however often become tedious. So much so, I'm ... more
Luciano Pavarotti: Ti Adoro        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  October 23, 2003

The Great One does pop. Not the first time of course. But this is a weird album. On first listen it's very bad. On second listen, it's a bit better. Finally after a good number of repeated listens, it all falls into place, and the album becomes better with time. One gets used to the strange ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 - Harnoncourt        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  October 15, 2003

Harnoncourt's mannerisms have often annoyed me. I'm no great Bruckner fan either. It seems his music is often very heavy, and requires the right state of mind. That said, I think this recording, produced by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and released by BMG Classics, makes a good case for the ... more
Orchestral Spectacular - Bruckner Orchester Linz/Bernhard Klee        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  October 15, 2003

It may be orchestral, but it sure isn't spectacular. This recording benefits from a very detailed instrumental picture where every instrument and group of instruments is clearly defined and well separated from the rest. Unfortunately, that's the only good part. I find volume to be fairly low. I ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Runnicles          (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  October 7, 2003

When reviewing the CD version, said: "First, something seems to have gone very wrong with the sound. (...) even when played at a high volume, sounds as if a blanket had been draped over the microphones. The muffled high frequencies and tubby bass drain much of the impact from the ... more

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