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Ferde Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite etc. - Stromberg        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  March 4, 2005

The three suites on this disc contain some wonderfully descriptive music. This isn't highbrow listening, but is a collection of easy to listen to short pieces that often sound like film music. The disc opens with Mississippi Suite which contains four pleasant, contrasting movements. Not the best ... more
Feeder: Comfort in Sound        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  February 21, 2005

This is one of the first SACDs I bought and I still love it. Feeder did this album not long after their drummers suicide, as you might expect this leads to a deeper more introspective feel than their previous material. However they have produced an album more about lifting yourself out of sadness ... more
Sibelius: Violin Concerto etc. - Kraggerud/Engeset        (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  February 20, 2005

The main feature on this disc for most people will be the Sibelius - Violin Concerto in D minor. I used a Karajan - Berlin Philharmonic recording for comparison. Unlike Karajans rather turgid interpretation this has a lot of energy and passion, both in the orchestra and in the solo violin. The solo ... more
Grieg: Piano Concerto, Symphonic Dances - Gimse/Engeset        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  January 9, 2005

Another good multichannel SACD from Naxos. The strings sound reserved but warm, fitting the music perfectly. The disc begins with the Concert Overture: In Autumn which, to quote the sleevenotes, depicts "the autumn as a time of destructive death and decay, but also of harvesting and cyclical ... more
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on the Bare Mountain - Kuchar        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  October 31, 2004

Agree wholeheartedly with so just want to add about the Multichannel version. This is astounding and took away my worries that cheaper label SACDs might not be all that they could be. The use of surrounds is subtle but the soundstage is vast and so natural sounding, with instruments ... more

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