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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 - Harnoncourt        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Mr_Atlas April 22, 2005

What makes this recording so valuable is its pairing with the rehearsal sessions. The VPO are a responsive group and do not need to be told twice in order to get the effects demanded by Harnoncourt. (Often greeted with 'wunderbar! Ja, das ist recht!') However, listening to the performance, on at ... more
Music for Organ, Brass and Timpani          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by jmvilleneuve April 21, 2005

Having heard of this recording as the best possible exemple of SACD (DSD) technology through SONOMA records I was having very high expectations for this recording. My initial reaction was a bit of a deception because this recording is not the best in terms or reproducing the acoustics of a large ... more
  Site review by ramesh April 21, 2005

It says something for changing tastes that after the Beethoven symphonies, the most popular symphonies released on high resolution media appear to be Mahler and Mozart, with Schubert and Brahms lagging behind. Sony released a rather creaky Walter Brahms 4 in their original tranche, cheekily without ... more
  Site review by ramesh April 21, 2005

An absolutely splendid demonstration disc of Wagner. Pentatone's description of it as 'Preludes and overtures' is utterly correct, because apart from the status of the Siegfried Idyll, this is what you get; the 'Tristan'prelude ends with a judder, without a tonic resolution that others have ... more
Allan Holdsworth: All Night Wrong        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Mitch Kolby April 21, 2005

This is probably the best live recording I've ever heard. It was recorded directly in DSD surround and sonics are fantastic. Play this one loudly. If your speakers are up to the challenge, there will be no distortion even at very high volume levels. If you like Allan Holdsworth, this SACD is a must!

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