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Dukas, Ravel, Koechlin - Albrecht        (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  October 26, 2010

One or two of you may have noticed that my opinion of this disc has changed...substantially. What a difference a second listen makes! This is a very-nicely-recorded collection of second-level French works that may appeal to lots of us; I really enjoyed the new-to-me Koechlin piece with its ... more
Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Suites - Pletnev          (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  October 21, 2010

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! This is now tied* for the best-sounding multichannel SACD I've heard. The Russian National Orchestra's playing is simply superb; in fact I can't think of a superlative that describes how excellent they sound...clean, rich, committed. The conducting is highly satisfying; Pletnev ... more
Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 - Olli Mustonen        (3 of 9 found this review helpful)
  October 9, 2010

Hmm...was this a disappointment. Mustonen's phrasings...rythms...are much too jerky, too start-and-stop, for me. The orchestra sounds as small as it is, and there's not much space around all of them. Recommended only for those who like their Beethoven piano concertos to be played rather differently ... more
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 2, Vocalise No. 14 - Fischer          (4 of 7 found this review helpful)
  October 4, 2010

I LOVE Romantic-period, big-orchestra Classical music AND surround recordings, and this recording is my absolute favorite. It is VERY natural, with a deep and wide soundstage. The all-5-mics-in-the same-place setup creates an orchestra wider than usual, and I believe Channel Classics and Fischer ... more
The Film Music of Jerry Goldsmith          (4 of 5 found this review helpful)
  August 28, 2006

THIS is the way movie music--and big-orchestra multichannel recordings, too--is supposed to sound! The music is BIG, the conducting is superbly ACTIVE, the hall plenty spacious sounding. Goldsmith is really on the mark in these pieces. I threw away another collections CD of Goldsmith conducting ... more

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