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Barber: Adagio, Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, etc. - Slatkin        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  Review by thepilot December 25, 2004

This has always been a splendid collection of memorable masterpieces and especially the celebrated Barber Adagio comes of splendidly with strings that soar above the stave. The recording was very good indeed despite the fact that it was an early 16bit/50kHz soundstream recording. The DSD remastering ... more
Rachmaninov: Vespers - St. Petersburg Chamber Choir/Korniev          (5 of 13 found this review helpful)
  Review by Dan Popp December 24, 2004

Well, I thought I knew what Rachmaninov sounded like, and I thought I knew what liturgical choral music sounded like, but this disc has challenged those assumptions, and unfortunately I don't mean that as a compliment. There is a lot of vibrato in the voices at all times, giving the disc (to me) a ... more
  Site review by Castor December 24, 2004

This is a most enterprising and worthwhile SACD of the Chamber works of Revueltas, much of whose music is hardly known. 'Sensemaya' is familiar in the full orchestral version from recordings by, for example, Stokowski and Bernstein, but here it is presented in an earlier version for fifteen ... more
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

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