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Reviews: Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker - Kunzel

Reviews: 4

Review by calloway November 6, 2007 (10 of 12 found this review helpful)
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...this is my first review on this great site so bear with me please...i saw a brief post on another site regarding the greatness of this disc from both a performance standpoint and a sonics' standpoint.as one who has over 200 sacd's...my system is 2-channel only....and as one who loves classical music,this was a disc i had to buy.my love of tchaikovsky is exceeded only by my love of rachmaninoff.i have 3 other 'nutcrackers'but this performance by the cincinnati pops under erich kunzel is just superb... from a performance standpoint the orchestra,under kunzel, is,as they say in england,'spot-on'.the tempo is maintained throughout and the dynamic swings are breathtaking.the disc is a 'pure dsd'.the hall ambience is great and easily appreciated. sonically the disc has become my favorite. the instrumental imaging is perfect.the soundstage is very wide but is not washed out at the edges and keeps its' pin-point focus all the way out to that edge with whichever instrument is being played.this should become a favorite demo disc for many.you certainly get your moneys'worth,also,as there is 73:12 of playing time.i can't recommend this disc enough.as it is almost the holiday season this would be a great gift for the other audiophile addicts you know...

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Review by marcuslaw December 4, 2009 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I agree with the other reviewer. This new SACD of Selections from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker from Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops sounds great. The Cincinnati Pops play the pieces quite well, and Erich Kunzel conducts at a reasonably pleasing tempo, not too slow, not too fast. Telarc as usual provides a full clean sound and plenty of presence in the sound stage. The only complaint I have with this recording is that they should have gone ahead and recorded the entire work. It is annoying that many parts missing. Although the parts you do get to hear are very well played.

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Review by ruxtonvet June 1, 2010 (3 of 7 found this review helpful)
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I bought this SACD because of TAS (Pearson) excellent review of the disc. The disc, at least in 2 channel SACD, is muddy. The performance is also nothing to write home about. Look elsewhere. My favorite is on Decca ( or London) vinyl with Ansermet SXL 2092-3.

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Review by toddao June 2, 2010 (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
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I don't know about 2 channel, ruxtonet, but in MC it lives up to TAS's review.One of Michael Bishop's best.A great alternative to the 2 discs set on Pentatone.

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