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Puccini: La Bohème - Chailly        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 11, 2003

The folks at Classic Sound, those behind the sonics on this SACD, may not believe the SACD format will survive (see this article for more: ) but they have produced an excellent disc despite their ... more
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphony - Chailly        (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
  August 11, 2003

This be some weird music making! Messiaen is modern, bizarre, and circus-like. Not dissonant, but not very attractive either. Riccardo Chailly leads some nice performances by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano) and Takashi Harada (ondes Martenot). Well, whatever the ... more
Sibelius, Walton: Violin Concertos - Akiko Suwanai          (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  August 4, 2003

Good though it may be, Akiko Suwanai's Sibelius is not one I would take with me on a desert island. Her Walton might be, but only because this is the first time I hear the complete Walton violin concerto. Although in comparison with the Sibelius, the Walton concerto gets a more energetic and ... more
  June 25, 2003

After LP releases and a short life on CD, Thomas Schippers' recording of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky makes its way onto SACD. I have yet to encounter a better version of Alexander Nevsky. All the elements contributing to a winning performances are here gathered. Schippers' experience in opera and ... more
Star Trek: Nemesis - Original Soundtrack          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  April 23, 2003

Jerry Goldsmith's score may not be his absolute best, yet given how lame this movie was, it is rather incredible that he should have come up with something this good. Nostalgically used themes from Star Trek's musical past creep in occasionally and mix well with Goldsmith's new material. The heart ... more

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