Notes and Editorial Reviews
Previous Telarc SACDs have sounded anywhere from stunningly fabulous to disappointingly diffuse. This one stands somewhere in between. It's good, but still better in stereo. The somewhat low-level recording is easy to adjust in stereo, and if you crank up the volume, as Victor Carr Jr. noted in his initial review, the sonics snap into focus nicely. Heard in surround format, even at a volume that allows the climaxes their head (not Botstein's strongest suit in any case), lower dynamic levels lack tangibility and a coherent sonic frame regarding instrumental placement, and once again the sound seems to "spread" in a way that softens the music's rhythmic punch. These are small differences, granted, and it's difficult to criticize discs that,
even when one format isn't as desirable as the other, still stand generally above the industry standard. But in the game of comparisons that the industry itself is asking us to play, we have to call 'em as we hear 'em. By all means, get this disc: the performance is largely marvelous (especially the finale) and splendidly recorded--but stick with stereo for now.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 3 in B minor, Op. 42 "Il'ya Muromets" by Reinhold Gliere
London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1909-1911; Russia
Date of Recording: 01/2002
Venue: Watford Town Hall, England
Length: 72 Minutes 20 Secs.
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