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  Bernd Zoellner
  Berlin, Germany
  Marantz DV9600 player
Yamaha RX-V1900 surround receiver
ELAC FS 208.2 front speakers
ELAC FS 137 JET rear speakers
ELAC CC 241 centre speaker
Yamaha NS-SW 700 subwoofer

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Wagner: Lohengrin - Janowski        (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  July 17, 2012

I partly agree with the review above, but there is a major caveat. I think that it was wrong to cast Klaus Florian Vogt in the title role even though he has sung the role in Bayreuth and elsewhere. Vogt, who is currently hailed as a new Heldentenor, has a bright and loud voice that can cut through ... more
Mozart: Symphonies Nos. 38-41 - Mackerras        (15 of 32 found this review helpful)
  September 18, 2009

It is difficult to assess this set of discs fairly because the recording quality is simply awful. After repeated listening my overall judgement has not changed. The metallic, unpleasant sound of the violins is worse than on any redbook CD. Combined with a lack of bass (and warmth), this creates a ... more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 - Enoch zu Guttenberg        (14 of 15 found this review helpful)
  December 2, 2007

First-class playing from an orchestra that was established only ten years ago. The reason is that it functions like the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra. Its members are drawn from top ensembles across Germany, including the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics. The chief conductor, Enoch zu Guttenberg, ... more
Sibelius: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 - Ashkenazy          (10 of 12 found this review helpful)
  April 29, 2007

A first-class recording. I have always admired Ashkenazy as an interpreter of Sibelius although his approach may be less idiomatic than that of other conductors (e.g. Davis or Berglund). He emphasizes the warmth and colour of these scores rather than the chilling and enigmatic quality associated ... more
Volodos Plays Liszt        (11 of 11 found this review helpful)
  March 11, 2007

Sonically this Liszt recital is in a class of its own. It is difficult to think of a recording that captures the piano sound more faithfully or with more dynamic graduations. The sound engineer, Friedemann Engelbracht, noted in a full-page interview with the German classical music magazine "Rondo" ... more

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Has Universal ceased BD~A Production?
July 29, 2015
According to Universal will release a number of new titles on Blu-ray Audio. A box set (4 CDs, 1 Blu-ray Audio) with the complete symphonies of Sibelius (VPO, Maazel) will be released by Decca on Oct. 2, 2015 and a disc entitled "Disoveries" (starring Gustavo Dudamel) by DG on December 31, 2015. Other Blu-ray discs feature Brahms Piano ... more
Discussion: Grieg: Peer Gynt suites 1 & 2, Sibelius: Pelleas et Melisande - Karajan
January 14, 2015
It's definitely a digital recording. These works show Karajan at his best, but the price for this "SACD" is prohibitive. I won't pay 85 EUR for it ( By the way, the CD Japan link takes you to a different recording (Finlandia etc.). ... more
Discussion: Beethoven: Symphonies - Karajan (1963)
August 28, 2014
I recently watched a video recording of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony dating from the early 1960s, with Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic. What I found most intriguing was that he used an orchestra of colossal size. It included a huge string section, quadruple woodwind, eight horns, four trumpets and three trombones. When I attended a concert ... more
New Esoteric SACD Release of Beethoven the Five Piano Concerti in June 2014
June 7, 2014
Sour grapes. ... more
Upcoming SACD releases
August 28, 2013
I think we should not throw the baby out with the bath water. Information about the progress other formats are making and about how the SACD stands up to the competition is quite useful. But, of course, this is not the right place for long lists of new releases in other formats. I would, however, welcome news about hi-rez recordings of works not ... more