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Dvorak: String Quartet No. 11, Cypresses - Prazak Quartet          (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oscar June 12, 2005

Chamber music also benefits from the SACD remasterings. Praga is a label that is releasing many very interesting and high quality discs. Not only sonically, but artistically as well. Quartets are complex pieces to play and record: first, of course is the question of interpretation, and then the ... more
Mozart: Piano Sonatas - Brendel          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by joserfg June 10, 2005

After only 20 seconds, I was so amazed with the sound of this recording in multichannel that I switched to stereo. The difference was so big that it is difficult to believe considering it is a piano solo recording (and it did not seem only a matter of volume). Usually, the difference between stereo ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1, Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 88, 99 - Sir Colin Davis        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by brenda June 10, 2005

I endorse all of Castor's comments. The Haydn performances are warm and affectionate in the "best" sixties style and the sound in both stereo and m/c is excellent. However, the Beethoven is a very old fashioned performance, in which Davis gives us a ready-made full-blown romantic composer. There is ... more
  Site review by Castor June 10, 2005

The Colin Davis RBCD version of Haydn’s London Symphonies, recorded between 1975 and 1981, has been a favourite recommendation for many years. It is good to have at least one of them in the excellent PentaTone RQR series coupled with Symphony No. 88. These are unashamedly ‘big band’ performances, ... more
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 - Haitink          (13 of 15 found this review helpful)
  Review by tream June 9, 2005

This release is a disappointment, both for the performance and the sound. Haitink leads an OK, middle of the road interpretation without much drama or passion and the sound is dry, even tending towards strident. The soundstage is very wide and about a centimeter deep (it almost sounds like the ... more

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