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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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