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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Litton        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  June 17, 2004

In the midst of dull to average SACD Mahler series from Boulez, Zander, and MTT, and one-shots (on SACD) from Kaplan and Chailly, I find this Litton Mahler 2nd surprisingly refreshing. This is no cookie-cutter Mahler 2, like the others are putting out. Litton clearly takes chances with the score and ... more
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture etc. - Cincinnati Pops/Kunzel          (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  June 17, 2004

I think it's very easy to be sonically very impressed with this album. But it sounds very over produced, and rarely natural. The superimposed cannon shots and the synchronized-in chorus (they were not in the same place as the orchestra) do not sound well-integrated and are somewhat annoying ... more
Diana Krall: The Girl in the Other Room        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  June 2, 2004

I am thoroughly enjoying this album. I have generally found Krall to be very cold as an interpreter, but in this album she seems inpired. The sound is very well engineered and natural. You get a sense of the musicians working together dynamically and like a live performance. This is jazz performed ... more
Sting: Brand New Day        (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
  June 2, 2004

OK, I'll bite and be the first person to review this one. I must preface by saying that I have generally not enjoyed much Sting's solo (post Police) work, finding them bland. However, this album when it came out was so very different from his other stuff, that it stands out in his output. This SACD ... more
Amadeus - Soundtrack        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  May 11, 2004

This is a refreshing disk to have in the SACD catalog. I think the performances from Neville Marriner and the soloists are excellent. The sound is fuller than redbook, and almost beg you to turn it up. The two disks in the set go by so fast, it leaves you wanting for more. It was nice to hear early ... more

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