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Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne - Veronique Gens        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by beardawgs May 11, 2005

It looks like Naxos has struck gold with Veronique Gens, a first class baroque specialist and (at least for me initially) a definite selling point of this recording. But after hearing the disc in full many times over, it is the orchestral sound colouring that motivates me more than just singing to ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 - Vänskä        (6 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwagner1962 May 10, 2005

Over the years I have amassed various recordings of Beethoven symphonies, with Solti, Barenboim, Karajan, etc at the helm. These recordings have come and gone as my redbook library fluctuates. I always liked Karajan's Beethoven (earlier cycles) but as I am not a DG fan, these recordings never stuck ... more
Rainbow Body - Atlanta Symphony/Spano          (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwagner1962 May 10, 2005

I have become a big fan of the Atlanta Symphony. I remember hearing them as only a fairly good orchestra under Robert Shaw (no disrespect, but he was a better CHORAL conductor than he was as a symphony conductor). I can back this up as a veteran of the 1991 recording/performance of Mahler's Symphony ... more
Bach: Orchestral Suites - Pearlman          (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwagner1962 May 10, 2005

To be honest, I have never been a real fan of period performances. However, this recording (as well as the other Telarc Boston Baroque (Handel Fireworks and Water Music SACD-60594) has convinced me beyond a doubt that period performances (with real period instruments) can be incredibly pleasing and ... more
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2, Vocalise No. 14 - Fischer          (8 of 12 found this review helpful)
  Review by lenw May 10, 2005

This is one of my favorite classical pieces. I've been looking for a replacement for my Telarc Andre Previn RBCD version and this SACD certainly fits the bill. I found the stereo layer of this SACD holographic but the soundstage a bit compressed. The Budapest Festival Orchestra with Ivan Fischer ... more

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