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New Year's Concert 2005 - Wiener Philharmoniker/Maazel        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Daland January 19, 2005

Deutsche Gramophon has set a completely new standard for live recordings from the Musikvereinssaal in Vienna. I was never quite satisfied with recordings of the New Year's Concert regardless of the label. The sound was never as open, natural and spacious as I would have liked it to be. But this ... more
Thelonious Monk: Monk's Music        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Croc January 19, 2005

just magnificent - both musicwise and soundwise.
Sibelius: Violin Concerto etc. - Kraggerud/Engeset        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by mukkachukka January 18, 2005

Truthfully, I'm not the world's biggest classical music fan. But I do love most of the works of RVW, Sibelius, Nielsen, Stravinsky, and Beethoven. So when looking for a good SACD of the Sibelius Violin Concerto I browsed the reviews and saw the 5-star reviews for this recording. So I bought it. Put ... more
Roxy Music: Avalon        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by mukkachukka January 18, 2005

Well, it's up for a Grammy this year in the Best Surround Recording category (even though I bought it in 2003), so that should give you some kind of idea of the quality of this SACD. In fact, next to Pink Floyd's DSOTM SACD, this is my favorite SACD in my collection. It's probably the most elegant ... more
Ennio Morricone & Dulce Pontes: Focus        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by DavidW January 18, 2005

Truly breathtaking performance and unbelievably high sound quality. DSD recording at its purest. Possibly one of the most underrated SACD releases. Deserves highest recommendation.

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