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Discussion: Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 - Haitink

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Post by hiredfox November 24, 2011 (31 of 33)
Arnaldo said:

It's a pity that your observations, including the ones from your previous post, are not being posted as a review. In face of the radical opinions on this and other releases, seems in dire need of truly balanced, real-world, and useful reviews such as yours. The 12 out of 13 members who found your review of Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Honeck helpful, seem to think so as well.

Thank you for those very kind words. John

Post by dieter December 26, 2011 (32 of 33)
I can't agree with jonalogic on the sound issue. It is absolutely fine to me. I agree on the performance itself.

Post by Fitzcaraldo215 January 11, 2012 (33 of 33)
Just got it and after one run-through, I find it wonderful in every way. I expected a great performance after having treasured Haitink's RBCD for many years and I was not disappointed. It certainly beats the Gergiev SACD performance-wise. Increasingly, I find Gergiev to be an overrated conductor in spite of his popularity.

I have not compared it sonically in depth to the Gergiev/Mariinski. I have long considered that Sound/Mirror production to be one of the best orchestral SACD's. That recording seems to have a somewhat more distant perspective, while the Haitink is somewhat closer up. But, I was very pleased with the Mch sonics, as I have been with pretty much all RCO Live disks.

Once again, I am scratching my head about all the fuss over DSD recording, as this disk was done in 96K PCM. To me, it gives up nothing at all to the finest of pure DSD recordings.

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