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Bach: Art of the Fugue - Krigbaum (Volume 5)      (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  March 20, 2015

The handful of SACDs that Mark Levinson/Red Rose Music produced are getting rare and expensive! I just picked this one up for $40--bad enough but not ridiculous. For that money, one gets 72 minutes of glorious music, wonderfully played and recorded. Red Rose uses the original 30 i.p.s. analog master ... more
Piano Works during and after Russian Futurism, Vol. 2 - Thomas Günther           (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  September 21, 2014

This is a fantastic follow-up to Vol.1. The Lourie pieces are miniatures (1-3 minutes) that contain a heavy Scriabin influence--perhaps a bit more dissonant at times. Some are wispy, introspective works, while are others are quite dark and even violent at times. For me, the main attraction is the ... more
Corigliano: Symphony No. 1 - Shimono        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  June 7, 2014

This is a superb performance and recording of one of my favorite 20th century symphonies. Compared to Slatkin's RBCD on RCA, Shimono takes a more measured approach, which may yield a bit less visceral impact, but it gains in gravitas and for me is more moving. The perspective is also more distant, ... more
Schmidt: Complete Works for Organ Vol. 3 - Schmeding        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  November 26, 2013

If you like Max Reger's chromaticism and dense counterpoint coupled with massive, thunderous organs, then you should like this disc. The audio is 5.1, so there is plenty of action for the subwoofer thanks to the nicely captured 32' pipes. The cathedral has a 4-5 second reverb decay, but the engineer ... more
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 1) - Günther          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  September 25, 2013

I received this Bach recording today and I love it! Superb sound--the piano has lots of presence, but there is plenty of hall sound, and Günther's playing is wonderful. He doesn't try to mimic a harpsichord--he uses a fair amount of pedal and dynamics and reminds us he is playing a concert grand ... more

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