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Puccini: Madame Butterfly - Leinsdorf        (22 of 22 found this review helpful)
  September 9, 2006

This has been one of my very favorite opera recordings for many years now (in fact, it was the recording that got me into opera in a huge way) and Iíve owned it in all formats (LP, open reel, CD, and now SACD). Recorded in 1962, it was always one of RCAís better-sounding operasódespite the LPs ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 8 - Haitink        (22 of 22 found this review helpful)
  June 2, 2006

I was quite excited about this 1972 recording being reissued on SACD, as it's been one of my favorite performances of the work ever since LP days. I've always felt this recording was underappreciated, both for performance and recording quality. The LP had the misfortune to be released around the ... more
Robert Craft Collection, Vol. II - Stravinsky        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  March 28, 2005

This is certainly the best sounding Naxos SACD I've heard, and probably because it wasn't engineered by Naxos. It's a reissue of a recording originally released on the MusicMasters label in the late 1990's, and was recorded in EMI's Abbey Road studio. The recorded sound, though slightly soft and ... more
Grieg: Sigurd Jorsalfar, Landkjenning etc. - Ruud          (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
  June 2, 2004

The engineers at BIS have really upped the ante with this new disc of mostly unknown (and decidedly minor league) works by Grieg. This is, I think, the third volume of BIS's ongoing Grieg cycle with the Bergen Philharmonic under Ole Kristian Ruud. Musically speaking, don't expect inspiration on the ... more
Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 18 Nos. 1, 4 & 5 - Prazak Quartet          (1 of 4 found this review helpful)
  December 31, 2003

Just glorious. Warm, flowing, fluent, relaxed yet energetic performances by this quartet, previously unknown to me. The Op. 18, No. 1 quartet is particularly engaging. I wasn't going to give this disc a try until I saw a favorable review of it on the December 2003 Audiophile Audition website ... more

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