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Keisuke Wakao, Oboe plays Mozart, Bach, Britten and Prokofiev          (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Toni October 4, 2004

The sonics here are first rate. Definitely one of the best sounding SACDs I've so far listened to. The Pentatone albums seem to be recorded close and this suites more than well for the music presented in this fine disc. Multichannel mix is once again, as in most Pentatone discs, quite conservative. ... more
Brahms: Choral Works - Nicol Matt          (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by racerguy October 4, 2004

A very nice performance, recorded in the Schlosskirche (Castle Church) Bad Dürkheim in the Rhineland. The recording captures the feeling of the church perfectly. The perspective is of a seat pretty far back (perhaps in the middle of the pews) so the ambience is enveloping, and the choir seems ... more
Mozart, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos - Eschkenazy/Boni          (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by Toni October 3, 2004

Very enjoyable and natural sonics. The solo violin and the orchestra sound pure and rich. Sounds like the mics have been very close and the atmosphere is intimate. Rear channels are used succesfully for ambience. Center channel has been used effectively and all three front channels are nicely in ... more
Stravinsky: The Firebird (complete ballet), etc - Dorati        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by thepilot October 3, 2004

A model Firebird that stands the test of time amazingly well. The sound is miraculously vivid (you soon forgot the analog tape hiss), with tremendous vividness, detail and impact and the bass drum will challenge your system to the limit. The dynamic range is simply stupendous and the performances ... more
Chabrier: Espana, Rhapsody, Bourree - Paray        (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by thepilot October 3, 2004

The only thing that betrays the recording's age is the slight analog hiss. Apart from that they could have been made yesterday, cause the sound is simply amazing with a wonderful concert hall balance. And the performances glitter with life and joy. Simply enthralling. Thank you Mercury for this ... more

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