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Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie - Shipway        (2 of 7 found this review helpful)
  February 4, 2013

Wow. This is another BIS masterpiece of a recording, and Mr. Shipway and the Sao Paulo SO bring us a fine performance. The orchestra, if not world-class sounding here, is at least very good and never disappointing. The sound of the orchestra is wide, deep, and very natural, as is the overall ... more
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances - Litton        (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  February 4, 2013

I LOVE the music of Rachmaninov but have become familiar with the 'Dances' only the last year or so. This performance and recording, unfortunately, are NOT keepers. The performance is quite restrained and unemotional and not at all suited to Rachmaninov. The recording, too, sounds 'small'. There's ... more
Beethoven: The 11 Overtures - Masur        (10 of 11 found this review helpful)
  October 27, 2012

I'm really happy I ran into this disc--I've been a fan of the Beethoven overtures for decades. I had a Szell/Cleveland LP on Epic with the 4 Fidelios;, it was, IIRC, a typical crappy-sounding Columbia/CBS multi-mono-miced edgy mess, but I loved the music! I enjoy these discs more than Mr. Broggio ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, Pique Dame Overture - Kitajenko        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  August 18, 2012

Just heard this for the severalth time, and it's now my favorite. Previous comments about poor choices for tempos ring wrongly FOR ME--Katajenko's tempos are slower than some, and nothing ever sounds rushed, it all sounds JUST RIGHT. I especially love that he doesn't speed the end of that ... more
Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances, Vocalise - Johanos        (3 of 10 found this review helpful)
  May 19, 2012

Oh my...I'm first....gulp... This is the famed recording released decades ago on a Vox Turnabout LP, most of which were rather noisy; this SACD is NOT. The performance is quite good, but I'm no expert on Rach's SDs. I've heard several performances lately, live and recorded, and this seems to be as ... more

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