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Brahms, Schoenberg - Amsterdam Sinfonietta          (2 of 4 found this review helpful)
  June 1, 2011

My opinions of the music and performances on this disc certainly mirror Caster's, and I thank you, sir (?), for writing them, because they caused me to buy this disc. GORGEOUS music! Who'da'thunk a Brahms string quartet could sound like this? Not me. The recordings are excellent heard in MC. The ... more
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 - Kitajenko        (6 of 11 found this review helpful)
  May 31, 2011

VERY nice! Strongly played, GREAT orchestral playing, and great MC sound. This is rather the opposite of the unemotionally played, somewhat speedy--some would say RUSHED--Jarvi/Gottenberg performance on BIS. Highly recommended by this Unabashed Romantic, as is Kitakenko's 'Manfred'.
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Francesca da Rimini - Neeme Järvi          (1 of 5 found this review helpful)
  May 31, 2011

I've been looking for a great-sounding and strongly played Tchaik. 6 this summer; this isn't it. The MC sound is OK, altho the hall sounds a little small to me. What dissapoints me about this performance is the same thing that appeals to others--it's played too casually--too unemotionally. I was ... more
Smetana: Ma Vlast - Flor        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  March 23, 2011

This Unabashed Romantic Classical Lover has always liked 'Ma Vlast', but it's never been one of my Faves...until now. I guess I've never heard a recording/performance that 'grabbed' me...until now. The multichannel recording is warm, spacious, natural, and full-range and as good as any*, with the ... more
Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5 - Davis          (8 of 14 found this review helpful)
  January 25, 2011

I too was looking forward to Nielsen symphonies in wonderful multichannel sound. Unfortunately, these don't meet that definition. Jonalogic is so correct. The performances are a bit speedy...rushed...for me, and the sound is harsh in the upper frequencies, a bit lacking in lower frequencies, and ... more

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