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Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben - Jansons        (7 of 11 found this review helpful)
  Review by Daland December 23, 2004

I had looked forward to this release with eager anticipation, but found the result a bit disappointing. Having listened to it several times, I now judge the recording rather differently. While the sound lacks weight, with the horns (so important in this tone-poem) often relegated to the background, ... more
Renee Fleming - Bel Canto        (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by raffells December 22, 2004

well Im no Opera expert even after 40 odd years of listening but I bought this having had to stop my car whilst driving just to listen and concentrate on something from a radio broadcast that was remarkable..It wasnt just THE VOICE which is obviously remarkable.,,,,It was this Cd....Not recognizing ... more
Bach: Cantatas - Thomas Quasthoff        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  Review by beardawgs December 22, 2004

After fantastic Kirchschlager’s disc with Bach arias, here comes another treat, completely different in style and mood, but equally great. Cantatas 56 and 82 are probably recorded by every single decent baritone under the Sun, and I never get tired listening to them all. I always admired Quasthoff’s ... more
  Review by Compression Must Die December 20, 2004

Yep...this one IS a keeper. Hard to believe how old this recording is.
  Site review by Castor December 20, 2004

From the opening scream of the orchestra, this thrilling performance grips you by the throat from start to finish.Gergiev sets out at a more steady pace than some other versions that I have heard, but this enables him to illuminate the detail in every facet of this complex score and the fearless ... more

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