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Vivaldi: Gloria, Bach: Magnificat - Pearlman          (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  February 24, 2006

Yes this is a trully magnificent disc with splendid sound and performances of white hot intensity that will send shivers down your spine. You have to go back to Muti's exemplary performances (for EMI) to find so distinguished performances of these two masterpieces. A desert island disc.
Bach: Keyboard Concertos 2 - Hewitt/ACO        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  February 20, 2006

I surely disagree with the other reviews. The recordings and performances clearly reflect the small scale of this approach, and if you see the pictures of the stage on the leaflet, you see that we are talking about a very small orchestra indeed. The sound is almost perfect for me (the stereo and the ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 - Kleiber        (6 of 8 found this review helpful)
  February 8, 2006

This is by far the best Beethoven 7th on SACD (the other good one is also by Kleiber), a live recording of astonishing energy and beauty. The orchestra is in top form and Kleiber loves and conducts this Beethoven masterpiece like no other conductor. The recording is also exemplary and the SACD ... more
Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances - Jansons          (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  February 3, 2006

This is a feast for the ears and for the heart, because the sound quality is exemplary, the hall surrounds the listener, the instruments sound glorious (the strings are to die for, the brass will knock you out of your room, and the woodwinds are velvety) and the performances are stunning. The ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 - Zander          (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  January 3, 2006

The performance of the symphony is absolutely first rate with stunning orchestral execution, velvety tone colours and exemplary ensemble. Zander understands the magical world the 1st symphony inhabits and completely trasports the listener to the magic vistas the composer visualizes. The sound is as ... more

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