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Mahler: Symphony No. 6 - San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  November 30, 2003

I purchased this disc last summer for the cd performance as I had no sacd player, and no intentions of getting one. At first listen I found myself captivated in the music for the full 1 1/2 hours, only moving to change the discs. The sound was simply the best cd sound I had heard in any recording. ... more
Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 - Marriner        (1 of 3 found this review helpful)
  November 29, 2003

Solid performances of these symphonies by Marriner and ASF. The stereo mix has superb sound. One can only hope Pentatone keeps pumping these old classics out in such fine sound quality.
Vivaldi: La Stravaganza - Podger/Arte Dei Suonatori          (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
  November 29, 2003

I bought this disc as a cd shortly after release this year. It was one of the best sounding cd's I had ever heard. When I purchased a sacd player, this was one of my first "must have" discs. My views on the music would tend to be more along with those that made this disc Gramophone Baroque Recording ... more
Bach: Violin Concertos - Hahn/Kahane        (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  November 29, 2003

Hilary Hahn's new disc for DG is a real delight. Few pieces are as familiar as these 4 concertos. I found Ms. Hahn's playing here to be good as ever, as all her recordings have been. It was nice to hear a slightly different take on the C Minor Concerto, BMV 1060, with the oboe replacing the more ... more
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Runnicles          (5 of 7 found this review helpful)
  November 25, 2003

I got this recording not quite sure what to expect after reading the 2 reviews, and with the Karajan disc of the '76 recording being a huge disappointment. Donald Runnicles was not exactly a familiar conductor to me, as I don't follow opera much. However, I have found that Telarc usually does make a ... more

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