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Posted by Mike on June 27, 2015, 2:50 pm
It's a great idea to publish contrasting reviews. I was actually encouraged to listen to this new set of Nielsen Symphonies by the reviews, and found I came down firmly on the side of GPJ's enthusiastic endorsement. He clearly writes from a musician's point of view, rather than a recording enthusiast, and gives a thorough and balanced view of what he hears. DM, could I respectfully suggest, might need his equipment tested, or listen on another set-up; the recorded sound is outstanding on my (very fine) audio. Everything is clear and, as GPJ suggests, naturally balanced, without sensational highlighting. How DM can claim that the BBC Phil's woodwind 'don't stand a chance' of being heard, I simply don't know! has he perhaps got a problem with a speaker? For me, all the solos come over particularly well, again without having to be 'spotlit'. But that's what it's all about - there's room for disagreement, and, in the end, all reviewers need to remind themselves constantly that it's a thoroughly subjective business.
Can I say a word, too, against endless 'comparisons'? Some reviewers seem obsessed with name-checking every single recording in existence. This tends to come over as showing off - 'look how many versions I've got on my shelves!' - when they really should be listening more 'holistically' for the musical qualities of the performnce! Anyway, more power to your elbows - it's a superb site.
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