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Stéphane Denève conducts Debussy        (5 of 11 found this review helpful)
  June 24, 2012

I thought I'd add a mini-review for the SACD-stereo layer and rbcd-cd layer. I'm pleased with the recording quality even if the concert hall is cavernous. The ratings are on a basis of comparison to some of the leading available recordings on rbcd, many of which I own. Although, I am not stating ... more
Prieres sans Paroles - Hardenberger/Preston          (1 of 6 found this review helpful)
  September 12, 2011

I've been a fan of Hakan Hardenberger's recordings for several years and was excited to see he had a SACD release "Prieres sans Paroles". I should mention that I also enjoy 20th century trumpet works by composers such as Jolivet, Tomasi, Chaynes, Antheil, Hindemith, and Desenclos. Sad that no one ... more
Haydn, Joseph & Michael: Trumpet Concertos - Bauer, Gazarian        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  December 31, 2009

I've collected several rbcd's of the Joseph and Michael Haydn trumpet concertos including versions by M.Andre, W.Marsalis, H.Hardenberger, G.Schwarz, and A.Ghitalla. While it's a treat to now have these works on SACD, the performances by Wolfgang Bauer compare very favorably to famous versions ... more
Romantic Music for Brass - Center City Brass Quintet        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 17, 2008

This is the first major American brass quintet to publish in the SACD format as far as I can tell. Unfortunately, it came out in 2004, and others have not followed. So this disc is a rare opportunity for SACD collectors who are fans of the Brass Quintet. Like all Center City Brass Quintet ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 7 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas          (7 of 10 found this review helpful)
  July 13, 2008

This is a very good Mahler 7 from SFO, but like many major recordings of the work I've heard, the orchestra seems to lose focus at times and just play through this cryptic work. MTT's earlier interpretation on rbcd with the London Symphony Orchestra is still far superior to this rendition and all ... more

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