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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 - Rostropovich          (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by jdaniel@jps.net March 1, 2005

Just finished listening. Damn I had forgotten how much I loved this symphony. The good news to report is that both 2 and multi-channel SACD relieve much of the congestion and claustrophobia of the redbook edition. Strings are miraculously warm considering how closely recorded they are, and bass drum ... more
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue      (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc March 1, 2005

Now I can officially say that I have wasted the first 35 years of my life having never listened to this disc until a week ago - but as they say better late than never! This music is as beautiful and profound as a Beethoven string quartet slow movement or a Mahler adagio (though on a slightly smaller ... more
Bolivian Baroque - Florilegium          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc March 1, 2005

This is a disc of 18th. century sacred music from the missions of Bolivia which unfortunately wasn't what I was expecting. I was hoping for something in the vein of the Harp Consort's "Missa Mexicana" (a magnificent disc I highly recommend) or Alpha's CD "Sons of the Diabolos" - something with real ... more
Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne - Veronique Gens        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc March 1, 2005

The Auvergne is a region in south central France and these are 19th. century folksongs expanded into orchestral garb with a soprano soloist. I had heard these years ago at my uncle's house with I think Kiri te Kanawa singing. Listening to the first 5 or 6 I was thinking they all sounded a bit the ... more
Mozart: Clarinet, Piano Concertos - Prinz/Gulda/Abbado/Böhm        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Daland February 28, 2005

The bargain-priced multi-channel version of the two Mozart concertos is well worth listening to. The disc features only two layers: a stereo CD layer and a multi-channel SACD layer. The sound is clear and focussed with discreet handling of the real channels. The solo instruments come fully into ... more

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