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Richard Strauss: Alpine Symphony, Four Last Songs - Luisi
(6 of 8 found this review helpful)
August 14, 2010
The recording is just a marvel; blessedly a touch distant and oh, how Strauss' huge swaths of sound lay so easily on the ear. My past favorites have been Kempe's, for the Dresden's luminous strings, and Strauss style that doesn't beat one over the head, Previn's Philadelphia one-off, for his ...
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Zinman
(5 of 6 found this review helpful)
July 25, 2010
Love the organ! Not nasal or tart! Great fundamentals, too. Spacious HUGE sound, chorus sings with swagger and jubilance rather than ferver. Soloists get a touch hard on high notes but stay on pitch and employ tasteful vibrato. Engineers allow their voices to blend with acoustic before hitting mics; ...
Schoenberg: Gurrelieder - Gielen
(6 of 6 found this review helpful)
November 24, 2008
Let my get to the voices first; many reviews I've read regarding this release tends to have a reservation about Tove and Waldemarr, the soprano and tenor--the centerpieces around which the drama revolves. The good news is that technically they're perfectly fine. The tenor Robert Smith has a gorgeous ...
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 - Furtwängler
(9 of 11 found this review helpful)
November 22, 2008
Hi Resolution SACDs of legendary mono performances, I love it! It's a 24/192 resolution, not DSD, not that I care particularly. I"m only able to compare this release to his famous EMI '51 9th live recording. Objectively speaking, this '54 is much better played, not least in the 3rd mov't during ...