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Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Jansons        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  September 19, 2014

This will be brief and perhaps unusual, since I listened to only the last movement, one of my favorite in the Romantic-period repertoire. (I have loved Mahler's music for about 50 years and most of all the adagios and am quite happy listening to only the slow movements.) The orchestral playing and ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 - Monteux        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  January 3, 2014

This is the second arrival of my recent order of lots of these Living Stereo SACDs. Monteaux's performance seems rather middle-of-the-road and not very emotional--almost casual--compared with newer slower, heart-on-sleeve performances which I love, but it's still a fine performance. The Boston ... more
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra etc. - Reiner        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  December 28, 2013

I've heard many of these Living Stereo SACDs years ago but bought a bunch the other day; this is the first to arrive. I feel that these three recordings sound excellent but are not the equal of the best modern DSD recordings in resolution--that sense of having nothing between you and the orchestra ... more
Music for Strings - RPO/Simonov        (3 of 5 found this review helpful)
  July 4, 2013

I agree with Jonalogic's comments about the Tchaikovsky. The performance is excellent--strong, and I love the slower tempi Simonov uses. I enjoy this work, and this disc, purchased due to Jonalogic's comments, is now my favorite performance. The recording is VERY nice sounding for what I assume ... more
Brahms: Complete Symphonies - Macal        (7 of 17 found this review helpful)
  June 19, 2013

Another expensive miss from Exton for me--and I too LOVE the symphonies of Johannes Brahms. Two-channel only? What a waste. I bought a couple expensive, highly rated Mahler symphonies on Exton, only to discover they were stereo-only; I gave them away. SACD's DSD recording format gets the ... more

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