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Verdi: Falstaff - Sir Colin Davis          (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  September 27, 2005

I've had this set for almost a year at this point, and I've listened to it several times with very positive results each time. I'm listening to it again because I'll be seeing this opera a few times at the MET over the next month, and my interest was renewed. The strength of this performance is in ... more
Smetana: Ma Vlast - Susskind        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  September 1, 2005

I thoroughly enjoyed this performance! The music is played so lovingly and with attention to rhythm and inner harmonies. There are places that are faster or slower than others play it, but it's all done very convincingly and with feeling. The sound is crisp and clear, and very nicely balanced. The ... more
Richard Strauss: Music from Salome, Elektra - Borkh/Reiner        (10 of 14 found this review helpful)
  September 1, 2005

Once again, I will put myself out there and disagree with the praise-party for this SACD release. I have loved this recording since I was very young, and I learned Elektra and Salome with the help of these excerpts, as well as Borkh's complete recording of Elektra with Karl Bohm. The performances ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - Reiner        (10 of 18 found this review helpful)
  August 24, 2005

I know that this is not going to be a popular review, but I've listened carefully to this SACD about 10 times, and I have found it to be unrelentingly boring. From the tentative first bar to the final note of the last movement, I was wondering what qualities this recording has that makes it worthy ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - Abbado        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  July 15, 2005

I've always enjoyed Abbado's work with Mahler. I liked his old cycle, also on the DG label. This new recording with the BPO raises the bar of my admiration even more. The performance is idiomatic and very colorful. The details in the heavily orchestrated passages of the first and last movements are ... more

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