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Silk Road Journeys: Where Strangers Meet - Silk Road Ensemble        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  November 29, 2004

Classical fans beware: this title at times attacks you sonically from all sides. Forget surround sound used to provide hall ambience, this title easily convinces that surrounds were invented to be used aggressively. If Yo-Yo Ma's cello is mostly placed in the front with surrounds providing hall ... more
Yellow River Concerto, Butterfly Lovers Concerto        (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  November 22, 2004

THE YELLOW RIVER CONCERTO Daniel Epstein, Eugene Ormandy and The Philadelphia Orchestra open this program with a lovely piano concerto based on Chinese folk tunes. The tunes are well-chosen, all memorable and pleasant, and fairly mainstream in their sound, avoiding some of the harsher sonorities ... more
Max Steiner: The Adventures of Mark Twain - Stromberg        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  October 27, 2004

With all due respect to John Morgan who has done a fantastic job reconstructing this and other old film scores and to William Stromberg who conducts these Golden Age classics better than anyone, this particular entry in their series of classic film scores seriously overstays its welcome. A 20-30 ... more
The Butterfly Lovers Concerto - Nishizaki/NZSO/Judd        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  October 26, 2004

Takako Nishizaki has recorded this work a number of times. Her latest effort doesn't quite match her earlier 1992 account. For one thing, her violin tone has gained a less pleasant edge than it used to have. For another, it sounds like her fingering has gotten slightly lazier. The New Zealand ... more
Klezmer - Kleztory        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  October 26, 2004

A weird enough album and a mixed bag too. The songs are all nice. This is one of the better compilations of klezmer music that I've come across. The arrangements aren't very original and they're kind of shallow. The klezmer band is simply supported by the small chamber orchestra which then picks up ... more

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