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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 3 & 5 - Nakamichi/Järvi        (8 of 10 found this review helpful)
  March 13, 2009

What a hidden gem! This album has been on my wish-list for at least 2 years, and finally laid down $45 USD to to have it imported, as I was tired of waiting for a new American release of the Emperor concerto. Thoughts: I am in complete agreement with the prior reviewer. The sound of ... more
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Overtures - Alsop        (7 of 12 found this review helpful)
  January 21, 2008

I have spent a month now with this music, and this CD has yet to leave my player's carousel. Keeping in mind that the sound of Brahms S1 has been etched into my mind by recordings by Abbado/Berlin and Walter/Columbia. Alsop makes no attempt to follow in their footsteps, other than in making great ... more
Brahms: Hungarian Dances - Steven & Stijn Kolacny        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 27, 2007

There is very little to add to the great reviews below, but just want to second what has already been said. The Kolacny brothers truly play as one. (For those unaware, these four-hand arrangements are Brahms' original form of the Hungarian Dances.) The piano sound quality here by Etcetera is ... more
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, Cuban Overture - Nakamatsu, Tyzik          (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  May 30, 2007

I am surprised to be the first person to review/recommend this album, considering it received a glowing review and a 10/10 rating by Mr. Hurwitz over at back in April. I am pleased with the purchase and can give a strong recommendation to anyone interested in this album. I had not ... more
Chopin: Etudes Opp. 10, 25 - Perahia      (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  May 4, 2007

Being a huge Perahia fan (based on his Bach albums) and an admirer of the Chopin Etudes, buying this disc was a no-brainer. Unfortunately, this has been one of the few disappointing SACD's I have bought. I will let it sit on the shelf for a while, re-audition it from time to time, and hope to like ... more

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Merry Xmas everyone!
December 25, 2007
Merry Christmas! Happy to announce I received four of Tacet's "real surround" SACD's -- the 2 Beethoven discs, Carnival/Peter&Wolf, and Brandenburg. Great present -- novel and relatively expensive, I didn't want to buy them for myself. Have only listened on an RBCD player so far, but I wasn't expecting the musicality as excellent as it is. Can't ... more
Discussion: Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6 - Vänskä
December 22, 2007
The only other 6th I have on SACD is Haitink/LSO. It is fine, but not memorable. The best 6th I have is Karl Bohm with the VPO on DG. The Pastoral is particularly well suited to his relaxed tempos, as well as the sweet sounds of the Vienna winds. I have not heard Pletnev's Beethoven symphony cycle. But if they are treated in the same way as his ... more