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Shostakovich: Symphony No. 11 - Rostropovich          (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  Review by nickc January 14, 2005

Before I turn to the most important thing, the music, I might discuss two aspects of this release: the dynamic range and the timings. I listen through a Marantz SR7300 receiver. I normally have the volume at -15, which is reasonably loud! I pressed play and half way through the opening movement I ... more
Rhapsodies - Stokowski        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  Review by Daland January 14, 2005

This is one of the most spectacular stereo SACDs I have heard. I obtained it via Ebay and was absolutely stunned by the sonics. The lush, brilliant sound of the strings, the opulent bass and the amazing sense of space combine to make this one of the most successful recordings to be issued on SACD. ... more
Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41 - Krips        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  Review by Daland January 14, 2005

Those accustomed to today's high-voltage readings of Mozart with fast tempi and vibrato-less strings will hardly relish Josef Krips's rather leisurely and expansive performances. But those like myself who prefer interpretations which allow the music to breathe und every detail to register will enjoy ... more
Russian Violin Concertos - Fischer/Kreizberg          (20 of 20 found this review helpful)
  Review by beardawgs January 14, 2005

This disc arrived in the same batch of new violin concerto recordings with Mutter (Tchaikovsky/Korngold) and Hann (Elgar), and it has already spent more time the player then the two above mentioned ladies combined. While Hann is ok but unremarkable and Mutter outrageously self-absorbed, Julia ... more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 4 - Gergiev        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  Review by beardawgs January 14, 2005

Have to admit, I never cared much about the 4th. So far the only recording we had is with Haitink, and this one is superior in every respect. My main problem with this symphony is lack of distinctive thematic development and sketchiness of motifs in the first movement, but Gergiev overview puts ... more

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