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Robert Ripps Posted: Jun 22, 2011 0 comments

Back in September 2002, I interviewed Michael Tilson Thomas about the launch of a bold new project with the San Francisco Symphony: a complete cycle of the Mahler symphonies to be released on hybrid multichannel SACD via the orchestra’s fledgling in-house label, SFS Media. At the time, Thomas already had clearly formed ideas about the sound he wanted:

Robert Ripps Posted: Dec 31, 2004 0 comments

Telarc has released the Berlioz Requiem on a five-channel Super Audio CD. Why should you care? Because fans of surround sound are always looking for showpieces.

Robert Ripps Posted: Feb 08, 2009 0 comments
Performance •••• SACD Mix ••••½ Extras •••½
Despite his American Boychoir and Juilliard training, 27-year-o
Robert Ripps Posted: Jun 05, 2007 0 comments

Robert Ripps Posted: Oct 04, 2011 0 comments

According to the press release that accompanied my preview copy of this CD, Paul McCartney was "keen to tell a story through the music" of his first-ever ballet score. He ended up telling two: not just a love story but also the tale of "an underwater world whose people are threatened by the humans of Earth."

Robert Ripps Posted: Aug 07, 2011 0 comments

Murray Perahia’s recordings of Bach’s Keyboard Concertos, originally released from 2001 to 2003, have now been reissued in this specially priced Limited Edition three-CD set (with a new essay by Jeremy Siepmann) — and if you missed them the first time around, do not make that mistake again.

Robert Ripps Posted: Jul 02, 2011 0 comments

“I sometimes think I should’ve been a filmmaker rather than a musician.”

So says Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor and music director of the San Francisco Symphony.

Robert Ripps Posted: Dec 10, 2001 0 comments

Tune in a classical FM radio station or attend a symphony orchestra concert, and chances are you'll hear very little music composed after 1900.

Robert Ripps Posted: Nov 12, 2007 0 comments

Robert Ripps Posted: Feb 15, 2012 0 comments

After becoming music director of the Minnesota Orchestra in 2003 Osmo Vänskä began recording an excellent multi-channel SACD set of Beethoven symphonies with his new group. The Finnish conductor has since returned to the work of his countryman Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), recording this multi-channel SACD of the composer's most popular symphonies, Nos. 2 & 5.