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  (aka Thornhill)

Carnegie Hall junkiey and Metropolitan Opera subscriber.
  New York City

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American Mavericks - Michael Tilson Thomas        (12 of 13 found this review helpful)
  January 2, 2013

In my view, the main attraction here is Edgar Varèse masterpiece, "Ameriques." A bold and thoroughly original work, its genius is that it has no narrative or thematic development, yet it feels like there is some kind of story being told, that the loud outbursts and repeated motifs are representative ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Fischer          (17 of 19 found this review helpful)
  September 13, 2012

This is a thoroughly enjoyable performance of the Mahler 1. While I find that it lacks the same unique insight that Fischer brought to the Mahler 2 and 4, this recording is still way ahead of a very crowded field (which is led by Gielen). If there is a stylistic choice that permeates the ... more
Beethoven: Complete Piano Works Vol. 11 - Brautigam        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  June 28, 2012

The chief reason to buy this disc is for Brautigam's dazzling performance of the Eroica Variations. Infrequently played and recorded merely because it's not one of the numbered 32 sonatas, the Eroica Variations is a clever, virtuoso work from the beginning of Beethoven's second period. It exhibits ... more
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Janowski        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  January 19, 2012

Simply put, while this is a fine a recording of "Meistersinger," it's not really all that special. I doubt it will surpass anyone's favorite version. While there are no major faults, there's something just missing in this performance that I cannot put my finger on. I've listened to it several times ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Orozco-Estrada        (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  February 25, 2011

Overall, this is a pretty satisfying recording of the Mahler 1. While Orozco-Estrada doesn't offer any real insights, he never gets in the way of the music, weighing it down with fussy micromanagement. It's a straightforward, well executed and energetically played performance. I only have two ... more

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Jared Sacks' visit to the San Francisco Bay Area
March 6, 2013
Actually, it is your's and Jared's problem, because this interaction will color my view of what you're trying to sell me and alter my buying habits. I'm actually happy to buy discs that I'm not all that thrilled about because it helps labels and artists that I believe are doing valuable work, as well as often speak up to other people about the good ... more
Jared Sacks' visit to the San Francisco Bay Area
March 6, 2013
He suggests two options for Mac users: Pure Music: $129 Audirvana: $74 Where is the $50 option? And again, calling me an idiot and insulting Jared's other customers is a really brilliant way to earn customer loyalty. But you know what, I guess I'm not just intelligent enough to be Channel Classics customer because I make stupid suggestions ... more
Jared Sacks' visit to the San Francisco Bay Area
March 6, 2013
That's completely not what I said. This is the second time in a week someone as completely misconstrued what I've posted. Does anyone hear read even read the posts before they blast away. I said he should develop free software for helping his customers push hi-rez content to DACs from receivers. With all due respect to Jared, the ... more
Jared Sacks' visit to the San Francisco Bay Area
March 6, 2013
I don't think anyone is saying that. The issue is going to it in one year, when there is still limited inexpensive hardware and software options, and the current price of DSD downloads is about twice as much as what a SACD costs. If I were a label wanting to move to downloads as soon as possible, I'd be developing my own software for pushing ... more
An interesting observation
March 5, 2013
I don't think there is anything wrong with reviewers saying, "I've only heard this work live a few times/only have a few other recordings of it, so I don't have a lot to compare it to..." I appreciate that kind of honesty. ... more