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  November 3, 2007

Back in May 2006 I reviewed the very first instalment of Melba Recordings' complete recording of the State Opera of South Australia production of Wagner's Ring cycle (Die Walküre). At that time I was so enthused by what I heard that I was eagerly anticipating the rest of the set. Now that the final ... more
  September 18, 2007

If you like to listen to straight jazz ensembles in surround sound on an SA-CD, recorded using an innovative microphone setup, then this disc is worth checking out. You may not have heard of Joe McQueen (his name does not even feature on the AllMusic database), but this guy can play sax, at least ... more
  April 9, 2007

I have been eagerly anticipating this recording ever since I found out about it (almost by accident, whilst surfing the net). Legendary Canadian pianist Glenn Gould's first recording was him performing Bach's Goldberg Variations. It was recorded in 1955 when Glenn Gould was 22 years old, virtually ... more
  April 1, 2007

It has become fashionable to interpret Shostakovich works for "hidden meanings", and his tenth symphony is certainly ripe for extra-musical interpretations. Was the second movement really a "portrait of Stalin" (as the composer himself alleges)? The third movement contain two themes: one ... more
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  March 26, 2007

The front cover of this Hybrid Multichannel SACD, decorated in a beautiful shade of pink with a rose/lace motif, proclaims that this is an album of “Rare French and Italian Opera Arias”. But even the liner notes admit that this is not completely true. Yes, some of the arias are fairly obscure, but ... more

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