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  Thomas Ream
  Longtime music lover-classics (including opera), jazz and some rock, some country, bluegrass, celtic and new age.
  SF Bay Area, California, USA
  2 systems:

Multichannel - Sony XA5400ES, Integra DTR-40.2, Sunfire on wall speakers, with sub woofer.

Stereo - Sony XA9000ES, Simaudio I-7, B&W 804's, biwired with Audioquest cable, Nottingham Space 294 with Koetsu Black,Simaudio LP5.3 Revox A77. Technics R1520

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Tchaikovsky: Manfred Symphony - Kitajenko        (13 of 13 found this review helpful)
  July 21, 2010

FWIW, I indicated in the Forum that I would post my reactions to this recording after I had a chance to listen to it. The earlier review on this site as well as comments made by Kal Rubison and a few others were encouraging enough for me to purchase this SACD, despite some negative reactions ... more
Dvorak: Symphony No. 6 - Sir Colin Davis          (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  September 12, 2005

Performance wise, this is a winner. Davis and the LSO provide a passionate performance of this symphony (more akin to the 8th than to the 7th or 9th, in my view). The playing is excellent, with surging strings and limpid wind solos. Tempos are brisk, phrasing straightforward but without a trace of ... more
Mozart: Symphonies No. 31 & 38 - Krips        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  July 23, 2005

Krips was a genial Austrian who, while never considered to be among the world's top conductors, made some important recordings, including Don Giovanni with Siepi, a Schubert Great C Major that some consider to rank near the top, the first stereo integral set of Beethoven symphonies (before Karajan), ... more
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 - Haitink          (13 of 16 found this review helpful)
  June 9, 2005

This release is a disappointment, both for the performance and the sound. Haitink leads an OK, middle of the road interpretation without much drama or passion and the sound is dry, even tending towards strident. The soundstage is very wide and about a centimeter deep (it almost sounds like the ... more
Beethoven: The Symphonies - Karajan        (15 of 15 found this review helpful)
  June 8, 2005

I acquired this set, originally recorded in sessions in 1961 and 1962, as part of the process of comparing performances of Beethovenís 5th on SACD ( and have since been listening to the other symphonies. Except for the 8th and 9th symphonies, this ... more

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My copy of this arrived today, and I have the same question - how to redeem the coupons, especially since I am located in the US. Interesting that a different tenor is used for Siegfried. I did think that Gould kind of crapped as Siegfried in Siegfried. Shades of Karajan's Ring. ... more
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