Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Sergey Rachmaninov, James Levine, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra|
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3/ Solo Piano Works
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Filthy, absolutely filthy.
Rupert Stone | Timbucktoo | 10/20/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Arcadi Volodos has a very impressive technique, and that's about all I can say in his favour. He plays the concerto with a naive, cliched and vapid expressive vocabulary, complimented by James Levine's dull and affected orchestral accompanent. Tender passages are played with predictably conventional phrasing, the louder ones with vacuous, dry aggression. For this piece, try Ashkenazy/Haitink or Horowitz/Reiner - their depths of feeling are coupled with extraordinary musicianship and a broad, highly lucid vision."
This is why we buy SACD's
Larry Bouchard | Prospect, KY USA | 01/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having never heard of Mr. Volodos, but wanting one of the newer recorded SACD's I took a chance on this one. Unlike the muddled sounding Ashkenazy/Haitink disk, the strings were rich and distinct, the piano was simply thrilling.. I could go on and on about the sound.But I'll sum up the sound quality by saying that I've never had a more fulfilling sonic experience of any kind than listening to this disc. And I've been a musician and music lover for 20 years. The most amazing thing is that after the concerto the applause comes in. This incredible feat of engineering was done live!As for the performance, having not heard the pianist before, his performance far exceeded my expectations. And in contrast to the other reviewer, found the Ashkenazy the more predictable and pedestrian of the two. (Though Ashkenazy is usually my favorite for the romantics, I'll keep my eye out for more Volodos recordings).When I get home at night from a tough day at work - I can count on this disc to be instantly and utterly transporting. Fantastic!!"
Massimo Basile | Rome, RM Italy | 09/10/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a review of audio performances of this SACD, rather than of technical/musical quality of the performance.
This is a fine SuperAudioCD clearly offering some of the nicest aspects of this format. It doesn't really matter if you listen to it carefully with a thousand-dollars high-end equipment, or if you listen to it with a medium quality consumer-type component hi-fi. You only need to avoid boomboxes or low-end equipment...
You will hear the subtleties and the "analougness" of SACD. The sound is rich and detailed and in the low and silent passages you will find an improvement in accuracy. The general "sensation" of opennes is immediate, as well as the absence of the typical CD harshness is a liberation. You will find that listening to this disc is "easier" and more relaxing compared to a a conventional CD listening session.
I am absolutely not an "audiophile" or a "high-end" user, I simply like the good sound. And this SACD proves that the format has some possibilities to give more than CD. If this is just the beginning..."