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Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage (complete) - Mûza Rubackyté          (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  July 1, 2007

This is a remarkable recording. I have enjoyed it immensely, and I can recommend it, but Lazar Berman gave a fuller sense of Liszt's achievement and his recording is ultimately more satisfying. Mûza Rubackyté is a very spontaneous-sounding pianist. She lets her intuition guide her response to the ... more
Stravinsky: Les Noces, Mass, Cantata - Daniel Reuss        (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  June 11, 2007

Here's as good a reason to invest in SACD as any: Les Noces is the twentieth century's greatest piece of music in the "classical" tradition, and its instrumentation makes it impossible to record adequately on RBCD. All the percussion instruments sound very similar if their transients are not ... more
Beethoven: Complete Piano Works Vol. 1 - Brautigam        (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  June 10, 2007

The most successful performance on this disk is the great sonata in B-flat; the least successful is the sonata in G. The RBCD sound in first-rate, so that SACD stereo provides only the slightest improvement in the sound: in high-def, the fortepiano sounds less like an upright. The choice of ... more
Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um      (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
  June 8, 2007

This SACD was produced in conjunction with a regular CD edition of this album, in 1998, and apparently represents the high-resolution digital source which would have been sent to a mastering engineer for the finishing touch in CD production. The CD mastering task involves matching the volume levels ... more
Sonny Rollins: Plus 4        (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
  June 7, 2007

My standards for the remastering of '50's Van Gelder recordings are based on the JVC XRCD of Walkin' and the Analogue Productions SACD of Saxophone Colossus. They are both of them perfectly equalized in the bass: no note of the bass line drops out or gets boomy, and the piano sounds fairly natural, ... more

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