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  Jonathan Allen
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Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 - Maazel        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  January 13, 2010

I would agree with everything above except that the Esoteric discs are hybrid stereo and therefore do have an ordinary CD layer. There is no multi-channel layer as the original was stereo. Decca mixed directly to stereo at the recording sessions and didn't use the three channel system used by ... more
Bizet: Carmen - Karajan (Limited Edition)        (11 of 12 found this review helpful)
  April 19, 2008

This recording was produced by John Culshaw and engineered by Gordon Parry and James Lock in the Sofiensaal in Vienna during November 1963 and was issued the following year in RCA's lavish Soria Series. Decca and RCA had an agreement during the late 50s and early 60s which meant that some RCA ... more
Prokofiev: Humoresque Scherzo etc. - Prague Wind Quintet          (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  March 23, 2007

I really cannot recommend this disc. I find the recording dull and the performances routine. I expected the wind transcriptions of the Romeo and Juliet music might be fun but after a couple of pieces I just wondered why bother? The two piano version of the 'Classical' symphony is done better by ... more
Liszt: Piano Works - Markus Groh        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  June 8, 2006

An absolutely stunning disc. The snippet on the Gramophone cover CD caught my ear and I ordered it from Avie directly. Groh playing of the sonata has all the fantasy, impetuosity and terror that Paul Lewis in his recent rather intellectual CD from Harmonia Mundi lacked good as he is. The fillers ... more
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 5 - Roll/RPO/Shelley        (1 of 2 found this review helpful)
  December 6, 2005

Refer to my comments on the disc of the fourth concerto to see that I disagree with raffells about this cycle. I think that it may be the exhilaration I get from these performances that I like.

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Sibelius: The Symphonies (Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Okko Kamu)
September 13, 2015
There are quite a lot of microphones. However, it looks that the main pickup is a set of 3 spaced (omnidirectional?) microphones across the front and above the orchestra (on stands), like the Mercury Living Presence set up, plus a pair further back and out presumably for surround. Then a lot of spot microphones. ... more
BIS thread
June 29, 2015
I have become very unwell thinking about that. ... more
BIS thread
June 28, 2015
I prefer physical discs. I like something in my hands and a booklet. They also have a secondhand value. I do download if the cost is considerably less than the disc or I am unsure about recording and it is cheaper to download so the risk is less. Incidentally, too many downloads lack a booklet and informative track listings. eClassical does it ... more
BIS thread
May 22, 2015
I cancelled my Gramophone subscription a couple of months ago after 40 years. I felt review standards had dropped too far and no longer reflected my tastes. ... more
Discussion: Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet), Pavane - Nézet-Séguin
April 9, 2015
I note this disc gets 5 stars for both performance and recording in the May issue of BBC Music magazine. ... more