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Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by eesau January 16, 2005

The material in this album is typical for this kind of multi-performer collections that have many times been done for marketing reasons only. I personally don't like this approch because the performers seldom are at their best on these records. The same happended with many late recordings of John ... more
Popov: Symphony No. 1 - Botstein          (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by thepilot January 16, 2005

Why has this wonderful symphony been so obscure, until today? This is a gigantic, demonically charged work of the utmost mastery. I hear traces of Mahler and Shostakovich, but it remains totally original from first to last note. And the Telarc recording, WOW! Talk about Watford Town Hall being one ... more
Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge - Marriner        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by beardawgs January 15, 2005

If there ever was a piece of absolute absolute music, Bach’s final masterpiece is THE one. According to the legend (partially dismissed in the booklet of this issue) blind genius was dictating the closing quadruple fugue from his deathbed to his son never to finish it. And in the score it is left as ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 - Rostropovich          (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc January 14, 2005

Before I turn to the most important thing, the music, I might discuss two aspects of this release: the dynamic range and the timings. I listen through a Marantz SR7300 receiver. I normally have the volume at -15, which is reasonably loud! I pressed play and half way through the opening movement I ... more
Rhapsodies - Stokowski        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Daland January 14, 2005

This is one of the most spectacular stereo SACDs I have heard. I obtained it via Ebay and was absolutely stunned by the sonics. The lush, brilliant sound of the strings, the opulent bass and the amazing sense of space combine to make this one of the most successful recordings to be issued on SACD. ... more

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