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Minnesota Orchestra (Vanska) – ‘Beethoven: Symphonies No.3 Eroica and No. 8’  An SACD review by Mark Jordan

Minnesota Orchestra (Vanska) – ‘Beethoven: Symphonies No.3 Eroica and No. 8’ An SACD review by Mark Jordan

There was a time, not so long ago, when almost every new Beethoven recording which was released had a sense of routine to it. But the last decade or so has found players and conductors of all ages digging deeper into these warhorses to find the depths that still lurk behind even the most familiar phrases. The young Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä is now recording an entire cycle of the Beethoven symphonies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the orchestra he has been revitalizing ever since he was named music director in 2003. He proves to be a committed Beethovenian of vision, energy, and power. Between this cycle and the Haitink cycle on LSO Live, we may well find ourselves on the receiving end of the best Beethoven cycles in many years. read more…

Mobile Fidelity Releases First Surround and Los Lobos SACDs

Mobile Fidelity has released their first Surround Sound SACD as well as a new Stereo SACD. The new SACD releases, now available from several web sites, are Good Morning Aztlan by Los Lobos and Ravel: Bolero and Assorted Orchestral Works by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducting the Minnesota Orchestra. Both SACDs are Hybrid SACDs, playable on SACD, CD and SACD compatible DVD Video players. Here’s more on these two new Mobile Fidelity SACD releases. read more…

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