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Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Wiener Philharmoniker/Kaplan        (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
  November 24, 2003

Gilbert Kaplan is, as most people know by now, a successful businessman-turned-amateur-conductor who has devoted much of his life to researching and conducting Mahler, the Resurrection Symphony in particular. He made a recording of this symphony with the LSO in 1988, and it was a respectable ... more
Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Firebird Suite etc - Järvi          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  October 27, 2003

Jarvi and his Cincinnati forces give very characterful and spirited performances here: appropriately spiky and punchy in Petrushka (in the sparer 1947 scoring), swaggering and witty in the Scherzo a la Russe, lush and romantic in the Firebird Suite. IMO, this is the most successful of their Telarc ... more
  October 14, 2003

I pretty much concur with sgb's review. I owned both works on original Philips LPs, and the new SACD seems to capture the essence of the wonderful sound I remember from them. I do have one quibble, though: the all-important timpani at the start of the third movement of the Saint-Saens sound muffled ... more
Bach: Christmas Oratorio - Netherlands Bach Society          (2 of 6 found this review helpful)
  October 14, 2003

Some initial impressions: Though I've only heard the first cantata (there are 6 that comprise the whole work), I feel pretty confident in saying that this set is a definite must-own. First off is the elegant packaging: easily one of the most lavish and extensively illustrated I've seen for a ... more
  June 23, 2003

This is a disc of mostly unaccompanied 16th century English religious choral works sung (in Latin and English) by what seems to be the Dutch equivalent of Chanticleer, the celebrated all-male a capella chorus based in San Francisco. I'm not an expert in this sort of music by any means, but the group ... more

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