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Respighi: Roman Trilogy - Ashkenazy          (2 of 20 found this review helpful)
  April 2, 2011

I reviewed the companion SACD to this back in June 16, 2009 so it is time to critically look at this one. Both were recorded by the same engineers at the same sessions in March 2004 and April 2005. The was released in 2005 and in 2006. It is my feeling that perhaps some equalization and other ... more
Sibelius: Karelia Suite, Finlandia, The Wood-Nymph etc. - Vänskä        (8 of 41 found this review helpful)
  April 1, 2011

Jean Sibelius is one of my favorite composers and the Karelia Suite is my very favorite composition of his, so I was thrilled at this release. I wanted desperately to LOVE this SACD however it was sonically a big disappointment and musically it was not competitive to my favorite ... more
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition etc. - Järvi          (15 of 32 found this review helpful)
  February 28, 2011

As mentioned in the this is my favorite SACD and what to my ears is not only the finest sounding SACD so far but the finest sounding recording in my 50 years of listening to music in nearly every format invented by mankind. This is the SACD I selected to take with me to ... more
Ballet Favorites - Kunzel          (4 of 13 found this review helpful)
  February 22, 2011

Producer: Robert Woods Engineer: Jack Renner Fantastic performances of some of my favorite ballet selections of all time! Unlike the previous two reviewers I find the sound of reference quality, very realistic and with near-perfect timbre. Daland said "You have to turn up the volume considerably ... more
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture - Gergiev        (13 of 27 found this review helpful)
  November 26, 2009

I have a dissenting view, I have listened to the Mariinsky 1812 through both speakers and my Sennheiser headphones. I am sorry to say I am very disappointed in it's sound quality, not only of the sound of the orchestra but the bass fundamental of the cannon shots are totally missing in two channel ... more

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