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  Philip Edwards
  Sydney, Australia
  Cambridge Audio universal player.
Wharfdale speakers 5.1

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Elgar: Enigma Variations, Britten: Young Person's Guide - Paavo Järvi          (13 of 18 found this review helpful)
  March 29, 2007

This is a stunning recording, the closest thing I know to being in a concert hall for a memorable night of music. I delayed in buying this because of the negative comments of some reviewers on this website, but having read David Hurwitz's glowing 10/10 review on the Classics Today website ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Wiener Philharmoniker/Kaplan        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  July 19, 2005

I held back from buying this until recentlty partly because of some negative criticisms in the music press and on this website; but I am glad I took the plunge because this is a superb performance - idiomatic and extremely moving. It may not be the same as Klemperer, Solti, Mehta, Abbado etc but it ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Mehta        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  July 14, 2005

This is a superb performance, caught live at the Musikverein in Vienna last September at a single concert. It is not 'stitched' together from various 'takes' and it has tremendous integrity, coherence and the excitement of a live performance. I much prefer it to Chailly's recent Decca recording. ... more
Vivaldi: Flute Concerti, Op. 10 - Rothert        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  April 24, 2005

Top-notch performances of these Vivaldi concertos by the Cologne Chamber orchestra, full of vitality. Excellent recorded sound, with a very rich and well-defined bass. A real treat for Vivaldi lovers!
New Year's Concert 2005 - Wiener Philharmoniker/Maazel        (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  April 15, 2005

Unlike Daland I was disappointed in the sound of this SACD. It was too recessed for my taste, especially as the rear channels are used to put you in the middle of the action, but this is a contradiction in terms with such recessed sound. Trebles should be livelier and the bass more prominent. This ... more

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Discussion: Bruckner: Symphony No. 1 - van Zweden
August 20, 2015
Which version of the symphony is this? ... more
Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 7 - Jansons
November 8, 2009
Good performance and recording, but no centre channel and too much on the surrounds. I do miss a true centre channel. ... more
Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Blumine - Zinman
June 1, 2007
I was disappointed that this is only a 4-channel recording. I miss the centre channel that gives greater definition to orchestral perspective. ... more
Discussion: Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Zinman
May 25, 2007
Is it in 4 channel (like Symphony 1) or 5? I was disappointed in the missing centre channel in No.1. ... more
Discussion: Respighi: Roman Trilogy - Ashkenazy
May 21, 2007
I have the same forces in another Exon disc, Respighi's Church Windows, Belkis Queen of Sheba and Belfagor OVCL 00216, and that has no true centre channel, only ambience. Although it claims to be a 5 channel recording, it is clearly enhanced stereo only. Pip440 ... more