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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
Miklos Rozsa: Three Choral Suites - Kunzel          (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwagner1962 May 10, 2005

I am going to rain on the parade and dump on this SACD. And I do not need to be told to listen more closely. I listened to this SACD on a system (that I know extremely well) at my local audio dealer. This system includes JMLabs Nova Utopia Be speakers, a Boulder 1012 Preamp, a pair of Boulder 1050 ... more
The Sound of Glory - Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Jessop          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwagner1962 May 10, 2005

WOW, After listening to this SACD on a number of different systems, I have to say very cool!!!! This SACD, recorded in the magnificent Tabernacle (home of that killer organ and also home of world class acoustics) makes all previous recording efforts of a great choir just top notch. My favorite ... more
Holst: The Planets, Matthews: Pluto - Halle/Mark Elder          (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by mwagner1962 May 9, 2005

Sorry, but this is a major disappointment. I have listened to this recording for more than 7 weeks and cannot get into it. There is little soundstage and is miked too close. What bothers me most is Mr. Elder's rendition of "Venus". Sorry, but the difference between Adagio and Andante is no way as ... more

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