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Bach: Oboenwerke, Volume 1 - Alexei Utkin          (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  October 2, 2004

This is a real top notch recording. These reworkings of familiar Bach concertos by Alexei Utkin and his Hermitage Chamber Orchestra are fresh, full of vigor and excellent playing, and near perfect sound balance and quality. The recording was made by the Pentatone team, and is the equal, if not ... more
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Symphony No. 3 - Swensen        (4 of 9 found this review helpful)
  September 11, 2004

Here we have a complete Mendlessohn concert with an opening overture, followed by a concerto, and after a short intermission, a symphony. I think it would be nice to have more discs like this! The violin concerto is familiar to all, and well played here. The symphony is nicely done, especially if ... more
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas - Artur Pizarro        (2 of 12 found this review helpful)
  September 11, 2004

Nice that Linn has seen fit to reissue this wonder set of Beethoven piano sonatas on sacd. All four sonatas are wonderfully played by Artur Pizarro, and the sound is Linn's usual excellent sound. There's a lot to like here.
Miles Davis: Someday My Prince Will Come      (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  September 11, 2004

Of the several Miles Davis JSACD's that I have, this one may indeed be the best sounding of all. Not much to add to what others have already written, just, if you like Miles, GET THIS ONE!
Brahms: Violin Concerto, Hungarian Dances - Swensen        (0 of 2 found this review helpful)
  September 11, 2004

I agree with Nick that the Concerto recording is a little small sounding, but the playing of Joseph Swensen more than makes up for it. I have enjoyed this recording a lot. The Hungarian Dances do tend to have a slightly bigger orchestral sound, and are all delightful pieces. All in all a very ... more

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