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Brahms: Symphony No. 4 - Haitink          (13 of 16 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
Richard Strauss: Don Quixote - Vogler, Luisi        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oscar June 9, 2005

This one was a complete surprise. Of course, the Staatskapelle is a great orchestra, and Fabio Luisi a very good conductor. But to get from them one of the best recordings of Don Quixote is rather unexpected. Jan Vogler, a cellist new to me has a lovely tone. He favours the leaner sound that is much ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - Chailly          (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oscar June 9, 2005

Chailly concludes with this recording the complete set of Mahler symphonies. Spanning 15 years, the slow progression shows in a mature and wholly integrated reading that highlights Chailly´s characters as Mahler conductor: clarity of line, a certain detachemet from histrionics, and a looking-forward ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Kubelik        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oscar June 9, 2005

Kubelik is one of the truly great Mahler conductors. He focuses on the more lyric and descriptive aspects of the works, never over-emphasizing the theatrical and dramatic sections. His Audite live recordings, with the Bayerisches Rundfunks Orchester are more succesfull than the DG studio recordings, ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 - RPO/Mackerras        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Oscar June 9, 2005

Fine conducting from Mackerras. The Festive Overture comes through less succesfully, as it lacks buoyancy. The symphony is much better. Sonically, the overture sounds rather crude, strings brittle, but a nice sonic image. The symphony fares much better, adding quite a lot of depth and volume to the ... more

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