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Mendelssohn: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 - RPO/Sanderling        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by raffells May 25, 2005

I took a chance on this and didnt realise it was not THE Sanderling.but Stefan...a younger version with a few similarities.He trained with Masur and it is evident,,,...I started with the Italian Symphony (4)because This has been one of my favourite symphonies for 40 years.I prefer a sunny relaxed ... more
Brahms: Variations for piano solo - Schmitt-Leonardy        (3 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by raffells May 25, 2005

Had this only a day and it was cheap..I am a succer for variations....initial impressions when starting with Paganini Variations were a bit mixed..Seemed as though engineer was too frightened to put the mikes close up...recent DGG items Lang Lang etc were excellent,,,this by comparison seemed ... more
  Review by mwagner1962 May 25, 2005

At first, I was never planning on buying any single layer SACDs, as it was going to be some time before I bought my first SACD player and I did not want a disc that I could not play in the car. So for a good while, I bought only hybrid SACD's. Another reason I was not interested in any of the old ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 9 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas          (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwagner1962 May 25, 2005

I am a huge fan of the MTT/SFSO Mahler cycle, and I have all 6 recordings so far. I find this SACD to be superb in all aspects, in air, imaging, sound quality. I too also have the RCOA/Chailly Mahler 9 on Decca, though that SACD is a PCM recording and not a DSD like the MTT is. Thus, the sound is ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 - Gergiev        (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwagner1962 May 24, 2005

This is my final SACD with Phillips/Gergiev/Kirov....after their dismal recording effort with "Scheherazade" with Gergiev and Kirov (that went back to the store) I figured I would never buy another combo like this. Well, I did it again...the old "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on ... more

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