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Gubaidulina: The Canticle of the Sun - Wispelwey/Reuss          (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  March 4, 2006

The Canticle of the Sun is an unusual piece, but 'unusual' is a term that could be applied to pretty much any Gubaidulina composition. The ensemble consists of solo cello, choir and percussion, even using the sound of somebody rubbing the rims of wine glasses. The cellist is required to use a fair ... more
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 - Jansons        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  September 17, 2005

The RCO play beautifully, note perfect and with passion. As for the recording, you are placed fairly close to the orchestra but still with a good sense of soundstage; there is amazing sonic clarity while still having a warm sound. Turn it up and you can hear *everything*, the downside of this being ... more
Bach: Six Suites for Solo Cello - Janos Starker        (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  June 28, 2005

I recieved this a few days ago, not sure if I'd really want to sit down through over 2 hours of mostly solo material, short attention span generation and all :) I say mostly solo, as this release contains the six cello suites plus two sonatas for cello and piano. It went in my player, stayed there ... more
Liszt: Organ Works - Hans-Jürgen Kaiser          (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  May 24, 2005

I have been wondering what to say about this disc for quite some time. Not entirely sure I like it too much, but that doesn't mean it's a bad disc so I shall just say a few general points. I listen in multichannel, this disc is recorded in 5.0 in DSD. The recording date is 1997 which makes it a very ... more
Snow Patrol: Final Straw        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  May 24, 2005

I bought this not being sure what I thought about Snow Patrol. Having heard some singles they seemed to be a bit of a Coldplay ripoff; a couple of listens to this album later I discovered they have matured far beyond that. The albums mix of driving rock riffs (driving at cruising speed) and layered ... more

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