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Jim Hall: Concierto        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Jaws March 8, 2005

As with a previous reviewer, my initial reaction to this was that it resembled very sophisticated elevator music... (Since converting to SACD, my music buying habits are dictated more by availability than pre-meditated, conscious choice... like many others, it seems...) I soon got over my initial ... more
Mozart: Flute Concertos, Symphony No. 41 - Pearlman          (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Daland March 8, 2005

I wholeheartedly agree. Combining two flute concertos with the Jupiter Symphony is quite unusual, but it helps to close a gap because the Runnicles version of the Jupiter does not really fill the bill. Telarc have managed to make even period instruments sound "seductive". The tonal quality of the ... more
Dave Brubeck Quartet: Time Out      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc March 8, 2005

This is such a joyous disc! This and "Kind of Blue" are the first two jazz discs I have bought and I have loved them both. "Kind of Blue" is a much darker, deeper disc: Davis's Beethoven to Brubeck's Haydn. The opening piano motif on Rondo al a Turk puts a smile on your face which never fades for ... more
Mozart: Complete sonatas for keyboard and violin Vol. 1 - Cooper/Podger          (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc March 8, 2005

I usually love Channel Classics recordings: you can feel the instruments in your room, but I think Rachel Podger's violin is just a little close for comfort here. I'll propound a conspiracy theory here that would make Oliver Stone blush. Podger is now (along with Andrew Manze) the "it" period ... more
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos (complete) - Stephen Hough          (11 of 15 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc March 8, 2005

You don't know how much I didn't want to report my feelings on these discs this way, but I must report what I feel: magnificent performances emasculated by a low-level and distant recording. This is Rachmaninov for heaven's sake - it could have been Debussy the way the strings sound! If you're not ... more

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