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Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos - Van Cliburn        (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by sgb October 9, 2004

This has always been one of my two or three favorite performances of the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto. I have owned a copy of the original Shaded Dog vinyl pressing for more than 25 years, but never felt motivated to buy any of the CD reissues. Van Cliburn does such a great job as featured soloist ... more
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3, Debussy: La Mer - Munch        (5 of 19 found this review helpful)
  Review by sgb October 9, 2004

I didn't think much of this one from the sonic perspective either. If there is any truth to what I've read elsewhere on the internet about the Saint-Saëns portion having been produced from a newly-found 3-track tape, RCA would have been well-advised to use what they had for this album when they ... more
Norah Jones: Come Away With Me        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by Toni October 9, 2004

Great debut album from Norah Jones. There's no weak spots on the album, almost all tracks are equally excellent. The CD was already sonicwise a top notch, SACD is better, but not by a huge margin. MC mix is an improvement to stereo, although not very imaginitive.
Franz Schmidt: Symphony No. 4 - Kreizberg          (6 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by Toni October 9, 2004

Schmidt's 4th symphony is dark and intense, quite heavy at times. I'm sure there's no problem with the performance. Overall, the sonics seem to be maybe a bit too nice for this kind of music. Imo "smaller scale music" works better in Pentatone's releases with it's close micing and rich, pure sounds. ... more
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition etc. - Reiner        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by tream October 9, 2004

Of the Living Stereo series I've hear so far, this is an optional rather than mandatory or essential disc (the othe Reiners are essential). The reading of "Pictures", the major work on this disc, has some interesting details but isn't likely to be your first choice. However, you will be blown away ... more

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