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  Review by lenw December 1, 2004

Old standards are given a 'modern cool' treatment - some a little over the top IMHO. The album sounds like it was recorded slight too 'hot' for my tastes with some of the high frequencies more harsh than many of SACD recordings such as the Telarc recordings I have. But all said this is still a very ... more
Olatunji: Drums of Passion      (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by fotodan December 1, 2004

I "grew up" with this recording and remember it fondly from my college days, but was completely unprepared for the way it sounds in multi-channel stereo. This is the real thing! -- the drummers and singers are in a seamless circle around the listener. Bass response is staggering -- we never heard it ... more
  Review by soundboy November 30, 2004

This was one of the earliest SACDs released in Hong Kong, and from a surprising source, Warner Music. This is a 2-disc set, one being a single-layer stereo SACD, with the other being a DSD-remastered CD of the same music. Given that this particular disc is a "Best of", the music was compiled from ... more
  Site review by akiralx November 30, 2004

Superbly played and vivid realisation of a work which is not in fact one of my favourite Mahler symphonies - but if any recording could convert a listener it is this. The performance is pretty expansive (nigh-on 90 mins) but remarkably well sustained, in the outer movements especially, although the ... more
  Site review by Castor November 30, 2004

This is, in many respects, a real disappointment; which is all the more surprising from a label that has already produced so many truly excellent and recommendable SACDs. First, the sound quality is, for the most part, unappealing. It gives a harsh metallic edge to the strings, and climaxes are ... more

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