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Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Gergiev        (12 of 12 found this review helpful)
  September 6, 2009

For my money, this recording is the best all-around M8 – especially in multi-channel surround. I would not call it my favorite recording, but would certainly make it my first recommendation to someone looking for an M8. Why? While it may not be the best in any single area, it is very ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Inbal          (5 of 5 found this review helpful)
  June 28, 2009

Surprisingly, this one is a real winner. In some respect, I shouldn’t be “surprised” because Inbal’s first commercial M8 attempt (Denon/Brilliant label) is very good. Also, the Tokyo Met SO recently made some very nice recordings under the baton of Bertini. However, I was most disappointed with the ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 3 - Bernstein        (16 of 19 found this review helpful)
  December 10, 2007

I purchased three of the new Sony/Japan releases of Bernstein's first Mahler cycle from the third, fourth, and seventh symphonies. My comments apply generally to all three of these performances, but are being posted in this one review location. From my personal standpoint, there is no sense ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Zinman          (11 of 16 found this review helpful)
  May 8, 2007

My goodness, what am I to do when I want to listen to a great M2 in SACD? I have fine stereo ones from Slatkin, Ozawa, and Litton. And for multi-channel, I can choose from great ones by Fischer, MTT, Kobayashi and now Zinman. Let me start at the end (since it just finished). This is an absolutely ... more
Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3 - Latry, Eschenbach        (12 of 14 found this review helpful)
  February 20, 2007

I listened to this in multichannel SACD and found it to be an unbelievable experience. In fact, when I listen to this symphony, I want to come away from it feeling like I had a memorable experience. This is one of the few versions that pretty well satisfies me (along with the Barenboim/Chicago one). ... more

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