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Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra
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  Classical - Orchestral
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Reviews: 3

Site review by Polly Nomial January 28, 2006
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Review by Ivymike August 13, 2005 (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
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I was lucky enough to find an original LP of this famous Mercury in decent shape years ago, and the sound was very good indeed. The CD from the 1990's was a delight, as is this SACD.

The sound is classic Mercury three-channel. The sense of the instruments being there in the hall before you is very striking. There is also a very distinct sense of hall depth, with instruments clearly at different distances. The whole stereo image is quite convincing and a little disconcerting with one's eyes closed.

Tape hiss is very low in level, as it should be given the very wide tracks on 35 millimeter mag film, the original recording medium. One comment I want to make is that the Mercury 35 mm transfers have a distinctive sound that is different from their half-inch three-tracks: more clinical, less warm. All details are thrown into sharp relief. Given the tendency for Mercurys to already be rather up-front this may not always sound pleasant to all ears. 35 mm recorders use a different record/playback EQ than tape; I suspect that this is most of the difference.

The music is quite fun but probably best taken in small doses, say as an intro or "overture" to an evening's listening. Great stuff.

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Review by Croc February 16, 2010 (0 of 12 found this review helpful)
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i liked this disc a lot.

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