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Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe - Munch        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc January 27, 2005

Now this disc is truly amazing! I just have to repeat what the other two reviewers have said - it is almost beyond belief that is was recorded 50 years ago. To paraphrase a famous saying Daphnis could be called the greatest of the greatest of Ravel's works. Just listen to the opening 5 or so minutes ... more
Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances - Dorati        (4 of 10 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc January 27, 2005

Good but not great recording of some, if truth be told, not really top-notch pieces. I'll deal with the music first. These are arrangements of 17-18th. century Italian pieces for lute for a small orchestra. I have to say I don't find the music itself terribly inspiring, though I wonder what it would ... more
Offenbach: Gaite Parisienne etc. - Boston Pops/Fiedler        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by sgb January 27, 2005

Another stunner from the second set of RCA Living Stereo releases. In fact, of the four I've had a chance to listen to today, this one most significantly outdoes its earlier CD release. The sound stage is huge in every dimension, and there's a clarity and openness to the SA-CD that's almost ... more
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade - Reiner        (18 of 20 found this review helpful)
  Review by sgb January 27, 2005

This one's a real ear-opener! I doubt there's an audiophile on the planet who hasn't at least heard of this legendary recording, much less owned it in one of its various formats. By my count it was pressed to audiophile vinyl at least four times, and was, at one time, available as a gold CD. This ... more
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra etc. - Reiner        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by mukkachukka January 27, 2005

Got a great deal on this one. Only $5.99 (shipping included) at www.yourmusic.com. This is only the 7th classical SACD I have purchased or heard and it is a winner! VERY warm sound! The only other classical releases I have bought have been on Telarc and Naxos. While I still prefer the bright, crisp, ... more

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