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Fanfare, July 2005

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Brian Bloom and John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, April 2005

From a review by Brian Bloom and John Sunier ...this is a magnificently-captured sonic experience in both the two-channel and 5.0-channel options. The orchestra is of course one of the world’s best and they are surely very well acquainted with the work. Alsop is building a reputation is one of the best interpreters of Brahms around. She gives us the freshest-sounding Brahms symphony I have heard in a long time, and the wide dynamic range and high resolution of SACD convey her efforts skillfully. The transitions and general flow of the performance make it an exhilarating experience . . . I can imagine those curmudgeons - who say there is no need for increased resolution and if God meant us to listen to music in surround we would have four or five ears - eating their word lengths. . . . This disc is a gold standard Grammy-ready winner for Naxos, at a time when the major labels (who sell a fraction of the classical discs that Naxos does) are doing almost nothing but tired, continually repackaged reissues.

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