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  William Kempster

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  September 3, 2015

This CD is problematic. Strictly speaking, it is as described, but only if you read the "fine print" (not that details are actually given!). This is one of just a very few modern (i.e. produced this century) SACDs - in fact the ONLY such one I have ever seen - that is in fact a STEREO, rather than ... more
Bernstein: West Side Story - Tilson Thomas        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  June 7, 2014

This is magnificent. Everything in the main detailed review is true, but mostly the main characters now sound believable in a non-operatic way (which tarnished Bernstein's own 1984 version). It would be easy to go too far the other way and have the main characters sound like Musical Theater belters, ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Nott        (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  December 29, 2012

I just bought this the other day after resisting for a while. I have 1,3,4,5,7 and 9 in Nott's series, and I think it is a truly wonderful achievement overall. I personally think 7 and 9 are the best performances I have heard. So, what of this Resurrection? Overall I am sad to say its really a bit ... more
Come Away, Death        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  July 7, 2012

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. ... more
Handel: Esther - John Butt        (7 of 10 found this review helpful)
  June 5, 2012

There is some very nice stuff here, and the playing, in particular, is excellent. The music itself contains some very fine and virtually unknown Handel. All is not perfect, however, as with other releases from this team and Linn. The solo singing is good, but it is not right up there with the very ... more

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SACD-net search issues
July 14, 2012
Hi SACD-net. This is a great site. Just one suggestion: there is a problem in your search engine. For example, it is impossible to find all the 2L titles via a label search. This needs to be fixed! ... more
Nielsen in New York
July 7, 2012
You should be rejoicing instead, as the DXD recording will be undeniably better. See my review of the Kielland 2L disc. ... more
Discussion: Rachmaninov: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom - Flemish Radio Choir
May 23, 2012
John - I did get the promised free Cd from Glossa, which is great. Glossa still list it as 5.0 on their website, however, despite their acknowledgement to the contrary! ... more
Discussion: Rachmaninov: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom - Flemish Radio Choir
March 12, 2012
John - just put my review up which updates the Glossa info. They did offer to send me one of their other SACDs for free (although such has not arrived yet!!). Best - Bill ... more
Discussion: Rachmaninov: The Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom - Flemish Radio Choir
January 17, 2012
Thanks Kal - I have contacted Glossa (via facebook!) and we will see whether they reply! ... more