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Reviews: Wieniawski Vol. 2 - Janowski/Plagge

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Reviews: 4

Site review by Castor December 14, 2006
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Site review by mwagner1962 January 17, 2007
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I will second Castor’s review and add a second set of cheers for the excellent SACD. As a surprising arrival in an unanticipated package from 2L, I was very interested in seeing what this disc offered. And goodness, I was not let down.

This SACD features some extremely satisfying music, and not the typical “fluff” that one might expect. From the intensely lyrical second track (Romance sans parole et Rondo elegant) to the pleasant nature of third track (Fantaisie Oriental) wonderful polonaise in track five, listeners are treated to a musical treat.

I find Piotr Janowski’s to world class and the sound of his violin is simply superb. The playing of Wolfgang Plagge is also equally impressive.

I have become quite a fan of Mort Lindberg’s efforts with 2L. As with the other recordings I have by 2L, the sound is stunning, vivid and well captured with a fine sense of venue.

HIGHLY recommended.

Review by threerandot March 12, 2007 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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I find it hard to believe that this is merely a PCM recording, but the sound here is truly something special. The sense of space is wonderfully caught in this engaging collection of music by Henry Wieniawski (1835-1880), featuring violinist Piotr Janowski and pianist Wolfgang Plagge, who aren't afraid to plunge headlong into these virtuoso pieces. Janowski wears his heart on his sleeve and Plagge makes a sensitive accompanist. The performers on this disc are caught very vividly and we are invited along by the immersive sound experience. In the surround sound layer of this disc, the rear speakers provide a wonderful sense of ambience, most of the sound coming from the front channels in this 5.1 recording. Even the smallest of nuances come through clearly.

There is much charasmatic and persuasive playing throughout this disc and the soloists really seem to enjoy themselves. There is a nice feeling of intimacy between the listener and the music which draws us in to the sound world of Henry Wieniawski.

The Digipak booklet contains notes about Wieniawski and information about the two soloists who have shared an active rapport as a duo, playing a wide range of works together as a team, and it shows on this disc that they have colloborated a great deal.

With such excellent sound and effortless playing, I must give this disc the highest recommendation possible. Even if you are not familiar with the music of Wieniawski (I wasn't, before I recieved this disc), you may very well find yourself a fan of these enjoyable confections. A triumph for 2L.

(This review only refers to the Multi-Channel portion of this disc.)

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Review by krisjan March 17, 2007 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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