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Chicago: The Chicago Transit Authority:        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  March 22, 2015

It is always difficult to simply assign star ratings to old rock music such as this. Does one rate according to absolute values of all known recordings, modern and old, or rather in the context of the subject recording's limitations? Pop and rock music has generally been given pretty poor recording ... more
Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works Vol. 3 - Aadland        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  February 7, 2015

This is perhaps the most realistic recording of a symphony orchestra I have ever heard. I was immediately struck by its vibrancy, accuracy, sense of space, tonality, dynamic range, and width and depth of soundstage. I have heard it in stereo and 5 channel surround. It is spectacular in either ... more
Chopin, Grieg: Cello Sonatas - Kanka, Klepac        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  June 24, 2012

This disc hasn't been reviewed in five years, and it definitely deserves more attention and your consideration. I was not familiar with these works before hearing them here, so I have no comparisons to make. I can't imagine anyone playing them with more character or more emotional intensity than ... more
Paysages - Guidarini        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  November 10, 2011

I fully concur with the other two reviews: this is excellent music, easily accessible to even a casual classical listener. Any pop or jazz fans interested in "trying" classical would enjoy this. It is, by turns, exciting, then serene and soothing, then rousing, but always tuneful and colorful. The ... more
Dupre, Franck, Widor: Organ Works - Michael Murray          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  November 6, 2011

I'm not sure why this disc, one of the original SACD releases almost ten years ago, hasn't garnered more notice, comments, or support here. It features enjoyable music, not really all that "20th century" in structure or tonality, in a superb recording of a performance by an eminent organist who ... more

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