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Sonny Rollins: The Sound of Sonny        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by miguelito54 February 17, 2005

This is not considered one of the groundbreaking recordings in Sonny Rollins' long career, but it ranks in the top third - the leader was in fine, relaxed form, his sidemen were alert and supportive. The choice of tunes and his performance shows his very personal musical sense of humor. Pianist ... more
Bernstein: Mass - Nagano        (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by pepi February 17, 2005

Indeed, the music is fantastic, but the performance and the recording are not. Listen to the original recording of 1971 by Bernstein himself and then you feel what this mix of classic, jazz, blues... really means. Nagano is a good conductor, but he has no feeling for that kind of music (tempi, ... more
Zemlinsky: Symphony in D Minor etc. - Beaumont        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by raffells February 16, 2005

I will split this review into 3.......The sacd sonics are almost as good as any Chandos RVW series and likewise is 24/96 pcm sourced . It certainly is more detailed than any CD and more expansive with plenty of tonal colouring and warmth.Which is certainly required by these works, The Music''''' An ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 - Harnoncourt        (1 of 24 found this review helpful)
  Review by Lawrence Schulman February 16, 2005

I have not yet listened to this recording, but intend to shortly. I look forward to it in that Bruckner's 5th is in my view his most spritual and grandiose symphony. I just want to say though that for me the most remarkable interpretation of this symphony is by Jochum recorded in 1964. That has ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 - Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Walter      (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by lost_in_sf February 16, 2005

This is an excellent performance of one of Beethoven's famous symphonies. Bruno Walter was a highly-regarded conductor of the Viennese school, and most of his work reflects this--very warm, fluid, vibrant. His work with the Metropolitan Opera was outstanding and some of the recordings from that era ... more

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