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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas - Julia Fischer          (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  May 31, 2011

I can not get enough of this beautiful and intelligent woman's sensitive playing of Bach. My first exposure to this disc, I was not aware of who the violinist was. The performance was vivid, mature, sensitive, and precise - so I was expecting a much older violinist. It was somewhat of a shock to see ... more
The World's Greatest Audiophile Vocal Recordings        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  May 30, 2011

All the tracks on this disc have something in common - they are either male or female soloists with simple accompaniments. The recording is very clean, and the sound very natural. The music itself is inoffensive, takes no risks, pleasant to listen to, and generally well sung. But then, so is ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 7 - Kleiber      (7 of 8 found this review helpful)
  May 30, 2011

There are two versions of Carlos Kleiber's Beethoven 7 on SACD. The first is this one, on DGG with the Vienna Philharmonic. The other is on Orfeo with the Bavarian State Orchestra (a live recording). Given that I am somewhat of a Kleiber fan, I also have this exact same disc on RBCD. If you are ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Furtwängler        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  May 30, 2011

This is a SACD remaster of a famous wartime recording of Beethoven's 9th symphony in front of a live audience. I am well familiar with the RBCD as released on Music & Arts (now out of print) although latterly I believe it is also available on Naxos. The reason why the recording is famous is ... more
Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen - Solti        (12 of 17 found this review helpful)
  January 21, 2011

Anybody who is contemplating dropping $800 on this set already knows the significance of this performance. It was recorded between 1958-1964 by John Culshaw. The recordings took the world by storm, and even outsold Elvis and Pat Boone for a while! For years, this was known to be the best ... more

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