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Strauss: Alpine Symphony, Der Rosenkavalier - Thielemann      (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by Posstmangerry January 17, 2005

I had been hoping for Alpine Symphony to be rereleased in multichannel with Herbert Von Karajan conducting, but when I came across this Thielemann interpretation I decided to give it a chance. I think this is one of the most extraordinary recordings to ever grace my ears and my sound system. While ... more
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2, Vocalise No. 14 - Fischer          (4 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by beardawgs January 17, 2005

Not being the biggest ĎChannel surround soundí admirer, I have to say this is the least disappointing recording from them Iíve heard so far. Knowing that my opinion is in extreme minority in this community, Iíve been exploring this recording for quite some time at different levels and changing ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 - Harnoncourt        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by akiralx January 17, 2005

This is perhaps Harnoncourt's best Bruckner recording to date, and the second on SACD (after the Ninth). The release comes on two discs - the first easily accommodating the symphony (about 73 minutes), and the second having rehearsal extracts (in German, on CD only) which I haven't yet ... more
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3 - Ashkenazy        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by Daland January 16, 2005

A magnificent recording in every way. Both interpretatively and sonically, this barnstorming performance can stand comparison even with the legendary account of Byron Janis in the Mercury Living Presence series. The outer movements of both concertos, especially the Third, are apt to sweep you off ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 - Jochum        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Daland January 16, 2005

Eugen Jochum was clearly one of the great Brucknerians and his authority is not in doubt, but he is let down here by rather poor acoustics (the recording was made in a church). In the redbook version the sound was constrained and harsh, i.e. hardly acceptable. Now there is a greater sense of space ... more

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