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Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Netherlands Bach Society          (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by tream December 12, 2004

Bach's Christmas Oratorio is not actually a single work but a set of 6 cantatas for Christmas Day and the days following Christmas, but has moved from the realm of church music to concerted music and is now typically played in its entirety. Along with Messiah and L'Enfance du Christ it forms the ... more
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet: Guitar Heroes          (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by zomax December 12, 2004

When I heard that the 4.0 surround mix of this sacd had a guitarist in each speaker, I envisioned some missing scene from a Robert Rodriguez film where 4 mariachis meet at the cross-roads and the listener is caught in the cross-fire. Thankfully, this sacd is not like that, and there is very little ... more
Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  Review by zomax December 12, 2004

I second everything the previous reviewer wrote. All I can add is that the presence of the instruments is so good, if you close your eyes you just might see Snoopy doing his dance in the middle of the room.
Keane: Hopes and Fears        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by zomax December 12, 2004

I was dubious as to whether this sacd would be worth the extra money, as the Universal website showed a low bit rate for the DVDa, which I assumed would mean a low bit rate PCM master. My initial impression on the stereo sacd confirmed my doubt. However, one listen to the multichannel layer and I ... more
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 9 & 25 - Brendel          (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by ~~Phil~~ December 12, 2004

This is simply one of the finest SACD's I've ever heard produced. Brendel is truely one of the greatest living pianist. His sublime touch, great dynamics are as smooth as silk - Timeless quality for all to enjoy here....Very passionate and inspired performance - It's clear he has dedicated his life ... more

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