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Simple Minds: New Gold Dream        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by peterkinxl5 March 29, 2005

Well an unexpected joy to listen to in SACD format. Despite there being no 5.1 sound, i found it a massive jump in quality from the standard CD I heard a few years back. Around when I was 20 I loved it on Vinyl and to hear it again after so long in SACD Stereo-it's just too good even at £20 from ... more
Robert Craft Collection, Vol. II - Stravinsky        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Russell March 28, 2005

This is certainly the best sounding Naxos SACD I've heard, and probably because it wasn't engineered by Naxos. It's a reissue of a recording originally released on the MusicMasters label in the late 1990's, and was recorded in EMI's Abbey Road studio. The recorded sound, though slightly soft and ... more
Poulenc: Concerto for Organ etc - Gillian Weir        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by mjw March 28, 2005

This recording in mc strikes me as very odd. As mentioned the organ is behind you but the orchestra sounds incredibly distant in front of you, say a mile away. the balance seems much better as two channel or on the CD layer.
Arias For Farinelli - René Jacobs        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by brenda March 28, 2005

Sorry to disagree with LC, more on matters of personal taste than anything else. For me this disc was a disappointment. Farinelli was not only the god of the big, florid (and often meaningless) aria but he was highly regarded for the purity of his singing, as per Quantz’s description of ... more
Wibi Soerjadi: Pieces Of A Dream        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by diexie March 28, 2005

I've played this cd on a sa-cd player in stereo. It's recorded in the music hall of my home town and on the bechstein D 280 piano which is used often in concerts in this hall. i visited many classical concerts in this hall. So I know the acoustics. It's a pity the sound on the CD isn't recorded ... more

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