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  Come Away, Death
  Korngold, Plagge, Sibelius, Ratkje, Finzi, Mussorgsky

Marianne Beate Kielland (mezzo soprano)
Sergej Osadchuk (piano)
Track listing:
  Classical - Vocal
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Site review by Castor September 21, 2010
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Review by wilbur July 7, 2012 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Wow! I had been tentative about buying this disc, as the pieces I knew well (Finzi and Mussorgsky) I would normally prefer with a man singing, but I decided to give it a go. Again: wow!
The thing that is perhaps the most stunning about this disc is the recording quality, which is simply astounding. I listen mostly to SACD over HDMI in multichannel these days - on extremely high quality equipment - and have some fabulous recordings. In my opinion the very hardest things the record are piano, on the one hand, and voice (both solo and choral) on the other. Even in the very best of recordings, one imagines one can hear some hint of instability on really forceful piano music in the extreme upper register. Also, I don't believe I have every really heard a powerful soprano voice - in high-octane delivery - outside of a live situation where the louder it gets the more effortless it sounds, with all the complex overtones creating an all-encompassing, overwhelming effect. Not even the very best recordings I have ever heard manage quite this sense of the "live" experience.
That changed last night when I played this recording. It is simply astounding in the rock-solid manner in which both 'instruments' are presented. The acoustic is reasonably dry, but with a bit of ring, and the perspective is pretty close. If this were a live concert it is where you would absolutely love to be, but often in a recording that is not quite the perfect perspective. Not here. Simply an amazing sound which opens and opens the stronger the dynamics, and I have to say that I have never heard a recording that really gets quite here. So, this is now officially (for me) the best recording I have ever heard. It seems this DXD stuff really has something to it.
Of course all this would be just a little ho-hum if the performances were not up to an exceptional standard. Fortunately, they are. The pianist is great, but Kielland is simply stunning. The Mussorgsky will blow you away.
A truly, truly magnificent effort from all concerned. Bravo. I have given 5 stars on recordings here before. On that scale this is an easy 6 stars. As as I said:

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