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Beethoven: The 9 Symphonies - Herreweghe        (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  December 6, 2013

With the temperature no higher than seven degrees below zero for the past three days, I have been house-bound and have taken the time to listen to some of the Beethoven cycles that have piled up over the past couple of years. I was surprised at how definite my preferences were: Philippe Herreweghe ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Karajan (1976)        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  October 17, 2013

I have received my first two classical Universal BD-A's and am not impressed. The main characteristic of Karajan's Beethoven Ninth and Kaufmann's Wagner album is that they are loud. Kaufmann is so loud that it sounds like the microphones were placed on his epiglottis. He may be singing Siegfried, ... more
Ortiz: Recercadas del Tratado de Glosas, Rome 1553 - Savall        (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  October 10, 2013

Diego Ortiz was a Toledan musician in the service of the Spanish Viceroy of Naples, and on the 10th of December in 1553 he published in Rome his seminal work, the Tratado de Glosas, a manual for instrumental players in the emerging Renaissance style. Ortiz punctuated his treatise with musical ... more
La Spagna - Atrium Musicæ de Madrid, Gregorio Paniagua        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  September 26, 2013

I have twice heard the La Spagna SACD from BIS, which now sits on my shelf next to the Harmonia Mundi Japan five-SACD boxed set "The Art of Paniagua." I have been aware of these prestigious recordings for my whole adult life, but the only one I had ever bought was the LP of "Musique de la Grèce ... more
Giovanni Gabrieli: Processional and Ceremonial Music - Appia        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  September 12, 2013

The SACD packaging nowhere tells the date, but the original LP cover (which can be accessed online) proclaims that the recording was made at the Gabrieli Festival in Venice in 1957. With this release, the record industry took one of its first, tentative steps toward unleashing the vast baroque ... more

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