Originally Posted by Tyson
What was rather disturbing was the Starbucks across the street, with their HUGE advertising signs dominating the entire end of the block.
The Solti M8 is my favorite recording of that symphony. It really puts the Rattle in its place, which is not on the same level. Gramophon's exaggeratedly positive opinion seems a bit strange. Advance hype on the Nagano M8 has me very curious as well. I just hope the hype is not so exaggerated as with the Rattle.
Re: Gilbert Kaplan M2
I just got this one, but not in SACD. If it's good, I'll bet I get that one as well. Over the weekend I listened to the Klemperer, Walter and the Litton. I'm looking forward to this.
I also listened to the Yoel Levi/Atlanta M6 and it is growing on me. The hammer blows do have great percussive quality, for what it's worth and the opening really grabs me too. I still reserve judgement about this one but the more I listen, the more it appeals to me.
Listened again to the Mitropoulos which is also excellent, mono sound a bit thin though.
The nicest surprise was listening to the Reiner M4 again last night. The more I hear it, the more I love it. It's going to be released in July in SACD, and you know it will be flying from the store into my collection. I don't know if the Szell is as good, but if it is then it really must be something extraordinary.
YOU TEASE!!! I have the feeling that you are going to have us scrambling to locate rare cds, and we wil all be panting and moaning at the impossiblity.