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Popov: Symphony No. 1 - Botstein          (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  January 16, 2005

Why has this wonderful symphony been so obscure, until today? This is a gigantic, demonically charged work of the utmost mastery. I hear traces of Mahler and Shostakovich, but it remains totally original from first to last note. And the Telarc recording, WOW! Talk about Watford Town Hall being one ... more
Ravel: Bolero, Orchestral Works - Skrowaczewski        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  December 30, 2004

For this I have no reservation and although there are splendid recordings of these works, this is a splendid example of Vox's miracle stuff at its best. Highly recomended to all lovers of reference recordings, classical music and the art of bringing the real thing (the music hall) to our house.
Holst: The Planets - Susskind        (12 of 14 found this review helpful)
  December 30, 2004

I agree with both reviews. This is certainly awesome stuff and clearly a winner as far as SACD is concerned. We have an understanding conductor, a highly responsive orchestra and a exceedingly realistic and masterful recording. But... for those with good Universal Players (such as Denon DVD-3910) ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 4 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  December 27, 2004

I still remember and cherish the first Decca recordings of SFSO with Blomstedt (the Strauss tone poems) that enthralled music lovers with the splendid playing of the orchestra and the wonderful Decca recordings. Yes, the SFSO has always been a splendid orchestra and Thomas was a great Mahlerian ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 - Fischer          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  December 27, 2004

I totally agree with the previous review. This is Tchaikovsky conducting of real stature and both the symphony and Romeo and Juliet unfold naturally and dramatically, while the recording does perfect justice to Fischer's splendid view of the works and to the wonderful playing and tone colour of this ... more

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